Quote From : hc8mm July 13, 2016, 5:53 pm
Sorry for bringing this old thread back. But I am surprised some of you all understood the history between the two Chinese governments. Today's American history text about China do not even mention all of this and mostly support Mao and the PRC version.
I just want to add, if you dig deeper into Truman's arms embargo and the American officials that were involved, many of them were communist moles too. They were trying to undermine the ROC while delaying economic aid and weapons to help stabilize China. The US govt wasn't the only one fill with CCP moles, the Nationalist government also had a bunch of them and were also effective. It was said, Stalin knew of the battle plans against Mao's army before Chiang even got to look at it! A lot of books today blame corruption as the lead cause, but the failing economy (after half century of war), deteriorating govt, communist moles, lack of support, were just some of the bigger issues I believe. A good majority of the Chinese fighting in Korea were mostly of the former nationalists and many of them actually were trained by the Americans but sadly were forced to fight only to prove to the PRC that they were loyal. The PRC didn't want them to come back anyways.
But I am surprised the OP asked this.. the AVG were American mercenaries hired by the Chinese government (ROC). The PRC never existed until late 1949. The ROC still exists today, although on Taiwan. Back in the 1970s, Taiwan gave out a lot of victory medals to servicemen who served in the CBI; trying mostly to help them not get kicked out of the UN or continue US recognition of the ROC as the legitimate govt of China. Many Vietnam vets that I have talked to said they were disappointed when the US abandoned Taiwan in 1979.
VERY well-stated hc8mm!!!! The US backed only the Nationalists (CKS) and NOT the Communists (Mao). Also, Chennault despised the Communists, and rightfully so!!! The US would have never permitted China to fall to Japan. Sure, the stupid arms embargo after war's end initiated by Truman hurt the nationalists, especially in light of the fact that Stalin turned-over all of the surrendered Japanese weapons from North China to the Communists. I have read that the quantity of weapons turned-over would be enough to equip a 1 million-man army for 10 years!!! Of course CSK was no angel, but he was a far better and moral person than Madman Mao who made Hitler and Stalin look like kindergarten kids due to all of the 40-70 millions of Chinese that he slaughtered. I do not mean to minimize the madness of Hitler and Stalin. I only want to show the relationship of the devastation caused by these 3 madmen. Mao was the greatest "conman" the world has ever seen. Trust me, China is still paying the price for following and being fooled by Madman Mao. Bottom line, the war against Japan was already won, and the US turned its back on CKS!!!!