DBWI: Third Sino-Japanese War never happens?

The PRC's failed attempt at "reclaiming" the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands from Japan is seen as the first domino to Japan's emergence as a military and economic superpower, with the world's second largest economy and third in overall military strength, as well as establishing a successor to the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.

What if the Chinese invasion of the Islands never occured in the first place?
 
China probably wouldn’t have collapsed on its own weight and started the second warlord era (giving Japan the chance of becoming Asia’s premier power again, with the satellite dynasties and republics) and Korea wouldn’t be united.

The invasion was meant to show that China was still stable after the uprisings in the 1970s and early 1980s, but the defeat was not a show of stability of prosperity but instead broke the camel’s back

China’s population would probably still be the largest, as around a third of the population died in the war (urban warfare and a small nuclear conflict do that)
 
The RoC wouldn't have reclaimed the south, which is bad, but the American-Japanese Fallout/the Pacific Breakup would be averted, which is good...
American and european manufacturing would likely take a hit, since jobs were beginning to migrate out to china before it went and collapsed
 
That Soviet Union quickly renounced Chinese Aggression and making amends with Europe is one hell of a masterstroke from the "Old Wise Man" Brezhnev, his plan for democratic reforms, done by the succeeding generation, also notable for cementing the Soviet Union as the peaceful Democratic Communism, we knew today.
 
That Soviet Union quickly renounced Chinese Aggression and making amends with Europe is one hell of a masterstroke from the "Old Wise Man" Brezhnev, his plan for democratic reforms, done by the succeeding generation, also notable for cementing the Soviet Union as the peaceful Democratic Communism, we knew today.
Although the reforms didn't manage to save the Warsaw Pact or even the Old USSR, who ended up losing most of its puppets and was reduced to only the Russian SSR and Crimea after the 2001 plebiscites
 
Although the reforms didn't manage to save the Warsaw Pact or even the Old USSR, who ended up losing most of its puppets and was reduced to only the Russian SSR and Crimea after the 2001 plebiscites
Rarely does an empire of that size go away quickly. It is generally believed that the leaders of the Old USSR had observed from the experiences of China and sought to avoid another round of crises, and were willing to reduce their own empires to achieve that.
 
Although the reforms didn't manage to save the Warsaw Pact or even the Old USSR, who ended up losing most of its puppets and was reduced to only the Russian SSR and Crimea after the 2001 plebiscites
Rarely does an empire of that size go away quickly. It is generally believed that the leaders of the Old USSR had observed from the experiences of China and sought to avoid another round of crises, and were willing to reduce their own empires to achieve that.
yeah, disbanding the Warsaw Pact in favor of more democratically-minded, and much more egalitarian Communist Internationale is definitely one hell of a masterstroke, despite the Soviet Union reduced themselves to only the Crimea Special Region, and Russian SSR is theoretically independent.

But what matter is, most of the SSRs are still Democratic Communist Countries.

*OOC: Think USSR turning themselves into some sort of EU with Crimea being Brussel equivalent.
 
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