1950–1953: The Sino-British Crisis

Tom Buchanan

in East Wind

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199570331
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741425 | DOI:
1950–1953: The Sino-British Crisis

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Britain recognised the new PRC in January 1950, but relations were soon plunged into crisis. Between 1950 and 1953 Britain was engaged in an undeclared war with China in Korea. This chapter examines the response of the Labour Party and the Communist Party during this period of tension and crisis. It analyses the ‘Peace with China’ campaign and shows how British Communists in China struggled to defend China during the Korean War. The chapter concludes with a discussion of how the British left dealt with the problem of revolutionary violence (which accompanied the first social and economic reforms of the new regime).

Keywords: Korean War; Peace with China; Kingsley Martin; Alan Winnington; Germ warfare; Monica Felton; Joseph Needham; revolution

Chapter.  16104 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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