Mao Zedong proclaims the People's Republic of China--the country is now lost to the West. In June 1950, North Korea invades the South, with Stalin's blessing. The United States, backed by the United Nations, defends South Korea and confronts China. Use of atomic weapons is considered, but rejected. Aggression has been contained. Japan?s economy is revitalized. There is stalemate at Panmunjom.
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