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Stygian asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 months ago

Would Japan have successfully annexed China if the U.S. hadn't entered WW2?

If Japan never attacked Pearl Harbor and the U.S. remained neutral. Would Japan have taken over all of China destroy Mao Tse Tung and the Chinese Communist Party and would China be under Japanese annexation now similar to how Korea was in 1910-1945?.

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  • 2 months ago
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    No. You're ignoring that it takes a ridiculous amount of resources and manpower just to hold onto China. That's why the US even bothered to arm China despite the poor performance of the Chinese army. Japan's reputation of pissing off the locals is enough to put the entire country into guerilla war mode. Even the Mongols who actually succeeded integrated themselves into the existing Chinese system of government and took decades to take over the whole country.

     And then there are the Soviets. They kicked Japan out of Manchuria in virtually no time in 1945. Arguably, the USSR in practical terms is far more important to China than the US should they want to resume hostilities with Japan after crushing them in 1938 in Mongolia.  

  • Aaron
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    it seems that you don't know about the history about the second world war ,if US didn't drop atomic bomb on the Hiroshima and Nagasaki ,then time of winning anti-fascist war would be extended ,but China would equally win the war of resistance against Japan,even if US didn't get involved ,the worst scenario is that China might suffer more serious casualties ,in fact ,during the war of resistance against war ,many generals from Communist party and nationalist party once won the war against Japanese troops many times ,in the long terms ,the advantages would tilt in china favor ,this was a established facts ,what's more ,the fighting spirit of Chinese people was very intense ,what's called annexation of China at that time was not possible ,

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Japan needed Oil and the Recourses of Manchuria the USA wanted Power the USA caused Both wars WW2

    the USA was Never Neutral and Isolationist Not with Corporate selling goods to Hitler from 1924 to 1945

  • KennyB
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Did you lean nothing from "The Princess Bride"?  Never get involved in a land war in Asia.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Yes. Or no, depending on the situation. Hope this helped.

  • Lv 6
    2 months ago

    To begin with, the US was never "neutral". Roosevelt was planning to get involved (he helped set it up) in WW2 once he realized that his New Deal programs were not successful in bailing the country out of the Great Depression.

    Roosevelt provoked conflicts between Poland and Germany to get the war started in Europe, but couldn't get Congress to support a war on the other side of the world that the US didn't have a stake in.

    Roosevelt then provoked Japan into attacking so as to "bring the war to America" as it were. This guaranteed the Congressional thumbs up to go to Europe.

    But Japan wasn't trying to conquer China. That feud was the result of a disagreement over which country had control of Manchuria and the Soviets got involved somehow (not sure of the exact details since I'm not versed on that aspect of it).

    Roosevelt threw support at China and began setting up blockades around the Pacific theater to prevent Japan from acquiring the oil that they needed. This, in turn, laid down the breadcrumbs leading Japan to Pearl Harbor.

    The well-known "Rape of Nanking" never happened. It was Chinese propaganda meant to demonize Japan just as the "Holocaust" was meant to demonize Germany.

  • Kieth
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    America was giving air support to the Chinese, it would only be a matter of time before America got involved. Then, China would have stabbed us in the back again just like they did.

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