DBWI: Mao doesn't accept the 'white peace' ceasefire in Korea in 1950.

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by Graffoset, Nov 9, 2019.

  1. Graffoset Member

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    To refresh the memory, during the Korean Conflict of 1950 three phases of advance occurred. These were essentially:

    1. The North Korean advance to the Pusan perimeter, from 25th June 1950,
    2. The U.N defense of the Pusan perimeter, the Inchon landings and pursuit to the Yalu River, 15 September 1950 to 25 November, and
    3. The Second Phase Offensive with the intervention of the Chinese peoples volunteer army, 25 November to 14 December culminating in the surprise acceptance (OOC our P.O.D) by Chairman Mao of the 11 December ceasefire offer by the United States, re-establishing a border along the 38th parallel.

    The acceptance of the ceasefire faced no small amount of resistance from many of those surrounding Mao who though that the U.N forces could be kicked off the Peninsula. Additionally the exact reasoning of Mao in accepting the ceasefire is inadequately covered by Chinese historiography of the conflict & can only be speculated upon. What if he hadn't accepted the U.S offer?

    (OOC regarding the plausibility of this P.O.D see Foot, Rosemary. A substitute for victory : the politics of peacemaking at the Korean armistice talks. Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1990. 30-31)

    It was essentially the low point of Allied Morale after the Chinese intervention.)
     
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  2. Amadeus Well-Known Member

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    If Mao remains stubborn then the war may drag on indefinitely. There might be pressure on Truman to use nuclear weapons, or at least threaten to use them. Truman probably runs again in 1952 as he did in OTL, though given that the war would be unpopular by then he'd most likely lose. Remember that he beat Taft by a narrow margin of only 3% in the popular vote...
     
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  4. CountDVB Dual Emperor of the Aztech and Maychanical Empires

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    Then the Korean War would’ve remained an indefinite conflict that could’ve caused problems for Mao and his successors in the long run.

    Here, it showed he was willing to work with the Americans a bit more and it’s how we got Eisenhower going to China to discuss matters with Mao in 1956 after Truman retired from his successful years

    Granted, some Chinese scholars cited this as a turning point in Mao’s relationships with the Communists and indeed, the struggles of the party. Some saw it as reasonable and others as weakness and they began duking it out for influence. It’s why Mao’s death was a colossal clusterfuck and the guy who took charge afterwards pretty much caused a lot of problems with what used to be North Korea, which already had problems because of the guy in charge. In the end, he got killed and when China tried to install a puppet ruler, they rejoined South Korea to become a unified Korea.

    China did eventually recover from that when the minority problems pretty much exploited the schisms to take over and become the new Republic of China in the 80s. President Mo Udall benefitted from that a fair bit to put a lot of reforms in. They pretty much went and dealt with the Communist states in SEAsia post Cold War when the USSR fell.
     
  5. Amadeus Well-Known Member

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    Without those reforms Udall would probably have lost re-election in 1984.
     
  6. CountDVB Dual Emperor of the Aztech and Maychanical Empires

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    Udall giving us universal healthcare was a massive appreciated boon and he also helped confront Exxon-Mobil on climate change thanks to one of his Dept heads in Al Gore when the scientists reported their findings. President Udall and his successor in Mondale did alot of good for the environment, climate change, renewable fuels and the economy along with other boons.

    Alot of the saber rattling politicians pretty much lost it at the miltiary cutbacks, but then the USSR fell and they were made to look like fools.

    But yeah, Korea is doing pretty all right, if in China's sphere of influence.