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Would China still have intervened if MacArthur had stopped well short of the 38th Parallel?

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Would China still have intervened if MacArthur had stopped well short of the 38th Parallel?


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    Darryl Raby says:

    Possibly, but remember that intervention also had value as propoganda & as political fodder. This would have been as important if not more important to Mao, than threorical "survival".

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    jeffery robenalt says:

    The Chinese had already moved close to a half million men across the Yalu River well before MacArthur's forces neared the 38th parallel, and Mao Tse Tung was in a position to once again make China a real player on the world scene. The Chinese would have most likely used these forces to assist their North Korean allies and accomplish this important political goal even if MacArther had halted his movement north.

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    lyndon says:

    What happened to U.S.A.F. clandestine investigations in November 1950.

    Were They flying too high over the Yalu to detect the Chinese flooding into North Korea?
    Were their cameras switchedc of?

    A sorry affair all round. Agree?

    • 3.1
      Larry C says:

      Or could it have been an attitude of "No, they wouldn't (couldn't) do it." Just as the attitude at Pearl Harbor.



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