- Jun 2014
- Lisbon, Portugal
They would create puppet states and would use Chinese loyalists to do the job of facing guerrillas and alleviate their lack of manpower. In fact they were already doing that during the course of the war.Chiang Kai Shek thought it would have been impossible for Japan to conquer China and he was sure they would eventually be defeated. I also always assumed there was no way for Japan to win. Reading a bit more about it, I guess it all depends how we define winning. I believe, without the war against the US and Britain, the Kuomintang would have lost. Either the Japanese would have taken Chongqing or the corruption, economic crisis within territories sill under the Kuomintang's control would have led to the defeat of the nationalist forces. Taking that into account, I don't think the Japanese would have been able to maintain control over China. They would have faced guerrillas everywhere and never had to manpower to really do anything about it.