Communist Victory in Northern China

End of the Old Order

East Asia 1949.0123

Communist Victory in Northern China

Occupation of Japan,Indonesian independence,Vietnamese independence,Philippines independence (23 January 1949)

Historical Map of East Asia & the Western Pacific

In China, the uneasy truce between Nationalists and Communists had collapsed in mid-1946. Things started well for the superior Nationalist forces, but their focus on taking cities, and ignoring control of the countryside, left them overextended. By late 1948, the Communists were ready for their own major offensives, isolating and destroying the Nationalist armies in Manchuria, central China and north China.


Yangtze River

Following the end of World War II, the Yangtze River was again opened to international trade and patrolled by foreign - in particular US and British - warships. This state of affairs ended in 1949 with the Communist takeover.

Main Events

Partition of India

Under the direction of Lord Louis Mountbatten of Burma, the last Viceroy of the British Indian Empire, British India is partitioned into the sovereign states of the Dominion of Pakistan and the Union of India. As Pakistan is designated as a Muslim homeland, the religiously mixed provinces of Punjab and Bengal are also divided between the two new states. The princely states are advised to choose between Pakistan and India, rather than retain independence.

Independence of Burma

Following the Panglong Agreement of 12 February 1947, the Union of Burma became an independent republic on 4 January 1948, ending British rule. Sao Shwe Thaik became President and U Nu Prime Minister. Unlike most other former British colonies, Burma chose not to join the British Commonwealth of Nations.

Malayan Emergency

The Malayan National Liberation Army - the military arm of the Malayan Communist Party - started a guerrilla against the British dominated Federation of Malaya. The British responded by instituting emergency measures and bringing in Commonwealth forces, largely defeating the guerrillas by the early 1950s. The independence of Malaya in 1957 further undermined the rationale of the war, and the remaining holdouts surrendered in the following years.

Republic of Korea established

Republic of Korea succeeds US military government in South Korea

Democratic People's Republic of Korea proclaimed

North Korea proclaims independence as Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Pingjin Campaign

Chinese Communists conquer Hebei province and capture Beiping from Nationalists

Operation Kraai

The Netherlands conducted Operation Kraai, their second military offensive against the Republic of Indonesia. They successfully captured Yogyakarta, the Republic's temporary capital, and seizes President Sukarno. The action was internationally condemned, with the United States threatening to suspend Marshall Plan aid to the Dutch and the United Nations passing a resolution demanding the reinstatement of the Republican government, prompting the Dutch to announce a ceasefire at the end of the year.

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