Lost Chance for Peace: The 1945 CCP-Kuomintang Peace Talks Revisited

  title={Lost Chance for Peace: The 1945 CCP-Kuomintang Peace Talks Revisited},
  author={Sergey Radchenko},
  journal={Journal of Cold War Studies},
  • S. Radchenko
  • Published 1 April 2017
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Cold War Studies
Abstract This article reconsiders the 1945 Chongqing peace talks between the Kuo-mintang and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), a key turning point on the road to the Chinese civil war. The article shows that the talks represented a lost opportunity to avert the slide into fratricidal warfare. The CCP leader, Mao Zedong, under pressure from Iosif Stalin, was prepared to compromise with his rival Chiang Kai-shek on the basis of dividing China into two separately administered territories (roughly… 
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