Knowing their disadvantages in manpower and equipment, the CPC executed a "passive defense" strategy. It avoided the strong points of the KMT army and was prepared to abandon territory in order to preserve its forces.
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In most cases the surrounding countryside and small towns had come under Communist influence long before the cities. This tactic seemed to be successful; after a year, the power balance became more favorable to the CPC. They wiped out 1. By late , the CPC eventually captured the northern cities of Shenyang and Changchun and seized control of the Northeast after suffering numerous setbacks while trying to take the cities, with the decisive Liaoshen Campaign.
The capture of large KMT units provided the CPC with the tanks, heavy artillery and other combined-arms assets needed to execute offensive operations south of the Great Wall. The Pingjin Campaign resulted in the Communist conquest of northern China. It lasted 64 days, from 21 November to 31 January They in turn killed, wounded or captured some , KMT during the campaign.
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A Chinese Muslim Hui cavalry regiment, the 14th Tungan Cavalry, was sent by the Chinese government to attack Mongol and Soviet positions along the border during the Pei-ta-shan Incident. The Kuomintang made several last-ditch attempts to use Khampa troops against the Communists in southwest China. The Kuomintang formulated a plan in which three Khampa divisions would be assisted by the Panchen Lama to oppose the Communists.
They hoped to use them against the Communist army. On 1 October , Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China with its capital at Beiping, which was returned to the former name Beijing. Chiang Kai-shek and approximately two million Nationalist soldiers retreated from mainland China to the island of Taiwan in December after the PLA advanced into the Sichuan province.
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Isolated Nationalist pockets of resistance remained in the area, but the majority of the resistance collapsed after the fall of Chengdu on 10 December , with some resistance continuing in the far south. The Communist military forces suffered 1. Nationalist casualties in the same phase were recorded after the war by the PRC 5,, regulars and 2,, irregulars. Most observers expected Chiang's government to eventually fall to the imminent invasion of Taiwan by the People's Liberation Army, and the US was initially reluctant in offering full support for Chiang in their final stand.
US President Harry S. Truman announced on 5 January that the United States would not engage in any dispute involving the Taiwan Strait, and that he would not intervene in the event of an attack by the PRC. This led to changing political climate in the US, and President Truman ordered the United States Seventh Fleet to sail to the Taiwan Strait as part of the containment policy against potential Communist advance.
In June the ROC declared a "closure" of all mainland China ports and its navy attempted to intercept all foreign ships. ROC naval activity also caused severe hardship for mainland China fishermen. Their leader, Gen. Initially, the US supported these remnants and the Central Intelligence Agency provided them with military aid.
By the end of nearly 6, soldiers had left Burma and General Li declared his army disbanded. However, thousands remained, and the ROC continued to supply and command them, even secretly supplying reinforcements at times to maintain a base close to China. The crisis was brought to a close during the Bandung conference.
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Though the US rejected Chiang Kai-shek's proposal to bomb mainland China artillery batteries, it quickly moved to supply fighter jets and anti-aircraft missiles to the ROC. It also provided amphibious assault ships to land supplies, as a sunken ROC naval vessel was blocking the harbor. Representatives of Chiang Kai-shek refused to recognise their accreditations as representatives of China and left the assembly. Recognition for the People's Republic of China soon followed from most other member nations, including the United States. By PRC and ROC began to de-escalate their diplomatic relations with each other, and cross-straits trade and investment has been growing ever since.
The state of war was officially declared over by the ROC in According to Mao Zedong, there were three ways of "staving off imperialist intervention in the short term" during the continuation of the Chinese Revolution. The first was through a rapid completion of the military takeover of the country, and through showing determination and strength against "foreign attempts at challenging the new regime along its borders".
The second was by "formalising a comprehensive military alliance with the Soviet Union", which would dedicate Soviet power to directly defending China against its enemies; this aspect became extensively significant given the backdrop of the start of the Cold War. This led to tension between the two sides, although trade and other ties such as the Pan-Blue visit continued to increase.
With the election of President Ma Ying-jeou KMT in , significant warming of relations resumed between Taipei and Beijing, with high-level exchanges between the semi-official diplomatic organizations of both states such as the Chen-Chiang summit series. Although the Taiwan straits remain a potential flash point, regular direct air links were established in Historian Odd Arne Westad says the Communists won the Civil War because they made fewer military mistakes than Chiang Kai-shek and also because in his search for a powerful centralized government, Chiang antagonized too many interest groups in China.
Furthermore, his party was weakened in the war against the Japanese. Meanwhile, the Communists targeted different groups, such as peasants, and brought them to its corner. Chiang wrote in his diary in June "After the fall of Kaifeng our conditions worsened and became more serious.
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I now realized that the main reason our nation has collapsed, time after time throughout our history, was not because of superior power used by our external enemies, but because of disintegration and rot from within. Stalin distrusted Mao, tried to block him from leadership as late as , and worried that Mao would become an independent rival force in world communism.
Strong American support for the Nationalists was hedged with the failure of the Marshall Mission , and then stopped completely mainly because of KMT corruption  such as the notorious Yangtze Development Corporation controlled by H. Kung and T. Communist land reform policy promised poor peasants farmland from their landlords, ensuring popular support for the PLA.
The main advantage of the Chinese Communist Party was the "extraordinary cohesion" within the top level of its leadership. These skills were not only secured from defections that came about during difficult times but also coupled with "communications and top level debates over tactics".
A big addition to this was the charismatic style of leadership of Mao Zedong which created a "unity of purpose" and a "unity of command" which the KMT lacked majorly. Apart from that the CPC had mastered the manipulation of local politics to their benefit; this was also derived from their propaganda skills that had also been decentralised successfully. By "portraying their opponents as enemies of all groups of Chinese" and itself as "defenders of the nation" and people given the backdrop of the war with Japan.
In the Chinese Civil War after , the economy in the ROC areas collapsed because of hyperinflation and the failure of price controls by the ROC government and financial reforms; the Gold Yuan devaluated sharply in late  and resulted in the ROC government losing the support of the cities' middle classes. In the meantime, the Communists continued their relentless land reform land redistribution programs to win the support of the population in the countryside. During the war both the Nationalists and Communists carried out mass atrocities, with millions of non-combatants deliberately killed by both sides.
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