This is clearly false; China had massive role in defeating the Japanese Empire, without which Japan's ability to fight the western powers and Soviet Union (who to Mao's disgust supported the Nationalists) would have been enormously strengthened.nomadscientist wrote: ↑Sat May 23, 2020 1:52 amThe depressing truth is that China did virtually nothing effective to prevent the Japanese conquest; the Japanese continued being able to occupy pretty much whatever they wanted in coastal China as late as 1945 when they were long since obviously doomed. China was "saved" by the USA making it in effect a US creation and the CCP was put in power by the USA and the USSR, with the USA being the more important factor. Obviously no Chinese wishes to hear that (see my previous comments).
Incidentally, Moscow was only saved from Nazi occupation by the Siberian Army, who Stalin was able to recall west at the last minute to save the city. They had been expecting a Japanese attack from occupied Manchuria, but fortiously Japan was was busy elsewhere.
@whitebelt - Yes, he delivered stability of sorts and a willingness to persue an independent foreign policy for China. Of course, western meddling in China goes back long before Japanese encroachment. I have no idea if the Nationalists would have done the same.