DBWI: Axis Japan, Allied USSR

1) Manchuria remaining part of Japan was not entirely a case of Japan simply refusing to give China something back. A vast majority in the province much preferred the rule of foreigners who at least were somewhat in touch with them to Chiang's corruption and despotism. Indeed, this fact was cited by the UK early on in the Cold War.
Manchu people's loyalty nowadays, at least technically, still lies to the Kingly House of Aisin-Gioro (Qing). The later just happened to be Vassal of the Japanese Emperor, and Japanese investment and economic development did helped them going from one of the poorest region of China into one of the richest developed parts of the World.

You just don't bite the benevolent hand that led and fed you, that's why Anglo-Japanese bloc thrives despite the best American effort to undermine them.
You just don't bite the benevolent hand that led and fed you, that's why Anglo-Japanese bloc thrives despite the best American effort to undermine them.
Or at least they did, since mind you the US and the Anglo-Nippon bloc are finally at peace.
I also think people should talk more about the consequences of Eastern Europe's future had the USSR been allied.

One of the most obvious ones would be that Stalin would not have allowed Hitler to set up extermination camps in the Ukraine or Russia. The former was mainly as a way for Stalin to deal with his own "undesirables" - namely, Ukranians.
Another thing that comes to mind is how little the ANZACs are appreciated when fighting on the China front. Especially when you consider that most Commonwealth forces were in the Afghan front - whenever you read about allied forces in China other than the US, Japan, and the RoC they never seem to come up.
Been a while since I last posted, so I thought that I'd go through some additional thoughts on the East Asia theater.

- Other people on this thread say that it was the Afghan Front that cost the Axis their victory. While that may have been true for Germany and Hungary, I think it was the China front that cost the Soviets their chances. Most of the time, they left Europe to Germany and rarely bothered to send reinforcements to the Afghan Front, instead spending them all on a front where, even in spite of the initial victories almost claiming everything in China except Hong Kong, things quickly went downhill thanks to America's quick action to start fighting alongside the Allies. Not helping matters was that by the end of the war, those still under the PRC's reign saw them as mere puppets for a new, horrendous Russian Empire.

- I'd say that if anything, Japan's "Wall of Water" strategy was actually better than what most historians credit it for. The navy knew Japan could never hold Manchukuo, and decided to simply evacuate whoever they thought would be a target for Soviet genocides and general mass murders to either Japan itself or Formosa. Whereas the military the was left focused mainly on using Korea as a cushion so that the Soviet forces would have a harder time reaching Japan.

- The communist uprising of Ho Cinh Minh in French Indochina, and their support for communist rebellion in Thailand would have only delayed the inevitable of the UK simply going there and re-installing the previous governments.