Who were winning between China and Japan in WW2?
In WW2 I have heard Japan and China had a go before US involvement. Were one overpowering the other? Who won these battles?
- Anonymous1 month agoFavorite Answer
Japan was winning against China. It had already established a bridgehead by invading Manchuria in 1931. From there it could launch the First Sino-Japanese War. China lost control of Korea and Taiwan, Penghu, and the Liaodong Peninsula fell to Japan. China then was way behind in terms of modern military might, something it has taken care to address ever since.
- Larry CLv 71 month ago
Japan was winning, but a freelance American air force like the flying tigers stopped. I wpuld love to debate morons who are cowardly, and give negatives to factual history.
- Gray BoldLv 71 month ago
Following the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, the Japanese scored major victories, capturing Beijing, Shanghai and the Chinese capital of Nanjing in 1937, which resulted in the Rape of Nanjing. After failing to stop the Japanese in the Battle of Wuhan, the Chinese central government was relocated to Chongqing (Chungking) in the Chinese interior. By 1939, after Chinese victories in Changsha and Guangxi, and with Japan's lines of communications stretched deep into the Chinese interior, the war reached a stalemate. The Japanese were also unable to defeat the Chinese communist forces in Shaanxi, who waged a campaign of sabotage and guerrilla warfare against the invaders. While Japan ruled the large cities, they lacked sufficient manpower to control China's vast countryside. In November 1939, Chinese nationalist forces launched a large scale winter offensive, while in August 1940, Chinese communist forces launched a counteroffensive in central China.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Read up about the Chinese Civil War – Nationalists and Communists, it was raging either side of the Second Sino-Japanese War. It is crucial in understanding how and why the Japanese were successful.
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- TrilobitemeLv 51 month ago
Japan was fighting the British in india. China government collapsed and after the civil war fled to Tiawan replaced by the commies
- LomaxLv 41 month ago
Japan was at war with China from either 1931 or 1937 (it depends on how you define your terms). They even clashed with the USSR in 1938-9.
This is of critical importance when viewing WW2. The fact the Japan was at war led to a trade embargo being imposed on her by the US - which in turn was the proximate cause of Pearl Harbour.
As for who was winning - the short answer is neither side. China was riven by factionalism, and her armed forces were badly organised, badly equipped and badly led. Indeed the best "Chinese" general of WW2 was actually an American - "Vinegar" Joe Stilwell.
On the other hand, China is very big and very populous - meaning that she was almost impossible to defeat totally. Were it not for Japan's involvement with the "rest" of WW2, the Sino-Japanese war might have lasted for decades without a decisive result.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Japan they nearly took Burma they already had Most of China Cambodia Malaysia and Mongolia
it was only the British coming from India that stopped the Japanese in the East