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Final Exam Question 3

Final Exam Question 3 - In Asia Meanwhile events in East...

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In Asia Meanwhile, events in East Asia moved to a critical stage. The tension of the Cold War seemed to have  moved from Europe to Asia.  On October 1, 1949, the People's Republic, under Mao Zedong, was proclaimed in China. This Communist  triumph was a great shock to the United States. Overnight, the Communist influence seemed to have  extended into the very heart of Asia and onto the doorstep of occupied Japan. The sheer physical size of  Soviet Russia and China, and of their combined populations, gave a double threat to the American policy of  containment. It was against this background that a full-scale war broke out in Korea.  After the Second World War, Korea north of 38th parallel had been occupied by the Russians, while south of  the 38th parallel by the Americans. As no agreement on a common government for the whole country had  been reached, the Russians established a communist regime in North Korea and the Americans a western- oriented democracy in South Korea. Syngman Rhee was elected President of South Korea.  On June 25, 1950 the North Korea troops began to invade South Korea. They attempted to unify Korea and 
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