of China’s Modern Warfare
of China’s Modern Warfare
China has been subject to war since the ancient times. The countryhas been under the ruler ship of Chinese communist party since 1949and has experienced a great deal of challenges in terms of dealingwith its enemies and ensuring that the citizens are safe and securedespite the ongoing wars. The Government’s Military AffairsCommission has been in the forefront in fighting back the attacks andwars by ensuring a steady flow of weapons, finances and armies.
War in Chinabegan in the 26th century BC in the Banquan Battle wherethe Yellow Emperor defeated the Yan Emperor. There has been a seriesof wars in the country. The Chinese won and at times, they lost thewars. The Japan – China war took off in July 1937. The Japanese whoappealed that the Chinese troops attacked them at the famous MarcoPolo Bridge near Beijing sparked it. This led to a great of hatredbetween the two nations and forced the Japanese to unveil their angerthus starting the fight. The Japanese forces had a stable and askilled force that brutally attacked the Chinese and murdered a bignumber of Japanese troops. The Japanese were so determined to conquerthe Chinese and by 1941, more than two million Japanese soldiers hadalready invaded China. The American intervened to help the Chinesesubdue the Japanese attacks. The war caused many negative effects tothe Chinese as it led to over 4 million casualties from the attacksand over 60 million people were left homeless (Chinaat War 54).
In 1950, another major war took place that led to the Lhasa Uprisingdue to the invasion of the Tibet. The Korean War that occurredbetween 1950 and 1953 was comprised of a number of battles includingthe Unsan Battle that took place in 1950 and last Battle of Kumsongthat took place in 1953. The Vietnam War whose impacts are still feltuntil to date started in 1959 and ended in 1975. The effects of thiswar included loss of many lives, loss of property and destabilizationof the Chinese economy. In 1979, the Sino-Vietnamese war took off tenyears after the Sino- Soviet border conflict of the Zhenbao Island.In 1974, the Battle of the Island of Paracel took place. Five yearslater, the First battle of Lang Son, the battle of Lao Cai, thesecond battle of Lang Son, the battle of Cam Duong, the battle of CaoBang and the battle of Quan Ninh followed respectively. This yearmarked many wars in the same year. The effects were devastating andcancerous to the Chinese economy (Tuchman 114).
The wars incorporated a number of weapons that ranged from air powerto chemicals. This was especially evident in the Vietnam War.Moreover, the armies used both the infantry and artillery weapons.Chemicals that were deadly in their toxicity were also used. Sometraps were also used including the bamboo sticks and crossbows thatwere triggered by trip wires. The modern warfare has also led tosuperb advancement as far as invention of new tactics and weaponsthat were used in the war. Some of this inventions includedsubmarines that were used to attack enemies under the waters. Troops,weapons, and food were ferried using the submarines that were notvisible as they passed under the deep waters. This tactic caught theenemies unawares and therefore it led to the success of those whoused it. Aircrafts too were used during the wars and they facilitatedtransportation of troops and weapons to places that were unreachableby the other means of transport. The troops also used the aircraftsto fire gunshots and trace the hideouts of the enemies. In scenarioswhere a fast response was required, the aircrafts facilitated themovement of troops to far distances within a very short time thuscounter-attacking the enemies. Automatic gun revolvers were also usedin the aircrafts to fire many bullets within a few seconds.
The modern war led to the invention of missiles that really helpedthe troops attack the Chinese enemies even from far distances. Themissiles were controlled from a certain control base using a computerto a far distance. The missile caused loss of lives and destructionof property because once it was launched, it would not be reversedand it caught the Chinese enemies unawares. The AK47 and the M16 gunswere also used.
The modern war in China led to the destruction of property andinfrastructure that included buildings, bridges, roads and othersocial amenities. This also led to loss of millions of lives of theChinese thus, increasing the number of orphans, widows while otherswere left with permanent injuries and disabilities. The war led todisplacement of people from their homes and led to an increase ofpoverty levels in China. The economy of China negatively affected, asthe war led to shifting of funds being used to cater for emergenciesand purchasing weapons other than the general development of thecountry. Inflation of goods and services was also evident (ChinaAfter Five Years of War 76).
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