Preventing KMT escape to Taiwan

Tulius

Ad Honorem
May 2016
5,644
Portugal
#3
What Mao Zedong and his army must do in order to occupy Taiwan before Chiang Kai Shek flees there?
Even if Chiang Kai-shek didn’t flee there… wasn’t the island already in KMT’s hands?

So the question in the title seems… odd… pretty odd: “Preventing KMT escape to Taiwan” Seems almost fabricated.
 
Feb 2018
227
Manila
#5
Even if Chiang Kai-shek didn’t flee there… wasn’t the island already in KMT’s hands?

So the question in the title seems… odd… pretty odd: “Preventing KMT escape to Taiwan” Seems almost fabricated.

The KMT government during that time is in Mainland China. Chiang appointed a governor there right?

If you're Mao Zedong, how will you overthrow the KMT local governor there in order to prevent Chiang Kai Shek from escaping there?
 
Jul 2018
497
Hong Kong
#7
If you're Mao Zedong, how will you overthrow the KMT local governor there in order to prevent Chiang Kai Shek from escaping there?
The local Communists attempted to subvert the KMT government there by taking advantage of the 2.28 unrest in AD 1948, but failed as soon the KMT military restored control over the island. This was the only serious attempt other than Guningtou to takeover Taiwan for the Communists during the Chinese civil war prior to Chiang's final flight to Taiwan.

The probability of capturing Taiwan from KMT was almost an impossible task for Mao Zedong prior to AD 1950. First of all, the Red Army was scarce of navy and air force, made the amphibious assault almost 100% impossible (the Red Army's crushing defeat at Guningtou on 25-27th October 1949 displayed the impact of this fatal weakness) ; secondly, it was impossible for the KMT rule in Taiwan overthrowned by merely few Communists (mostly spies) "rooted" in Taiwan as underground force ; thirdly, Chiang could easily reinforce Taiwan with additional troops from the mainland so long he still controlled the vast territories in the mainland ; fourthly, Taiwan was too important for Chiang strategically, Chiang would surely secure that island at all cost.

And fifthly, the KMT senior general Bai Chongxi performed the marvelous effort in calming down the Taiwanese to prevent their insurrection, proved the KMT government had capability to put the unrest under control so long he adopted the "proper measures".

So, in conclusion, the Communist army did not even have the 0.0001% of chance to prevent Chiang escaping to Taiwan. No matter how corrupted and unpopular the KMT regime was in Taiwan, the 2.28 Incident proved that the KMT still had capability to put everything under control in Taiwan with the Communist utterly lack of strength to invade and wrest the island from the heavily-defended KMT strategic base.
 
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Feb 2018
227
Manila
#8
If China didn't intervene in the Korean war, America wouldn't have cared what happened to Taiwan and the communists could have taken it at their leisure.

I don't think so. US will defend Taiwan from PLA invasions because the US government during that time acknowledged Chiang's government as the legitimate government of all China. it will never allow Taiwan to be subdued by the Communists.



even Mao decided not to send his peasant troops to prevent US forces from occupying North Korea.
 
Feb 2018
227
Manila
#9
The local Communists attempted to subvert the KMT government there by taking advantage of the 2.28 unrest in AD 1948, but failed as soon the KMT military restored control over the island. This was the only serious attempt other than Guningtou to takeover Taiwan for the Communists during the Chinese civil war prior to Chiang's final flight to Taiwan.

The probability of capturing Taiwan from KMT was almost an impossible task for Mao Zedong prior to AD 1950. First of all, the Red Army was scarce of navy and air force, made the amphibious assault almost 100% impossible (the Red Army's crushing defeat at Guningtou on 25-27th October 1949 displayed the impact of this fatal weakness) ; secondly, it was impossible for the KMT rule in Taiwan overthrowned by merely few Communists (mostly spies) "rooted" in Taiwan as underground force ; thirdly, Chiang could easily reinforce Taiwan with additional troops from the mainland so long he still controlled the vast territories in the mainland ; fourthly, Taiwan was too important for Chiang strategically, Chiang would surely secure that island at all cost.

And fifthly, the KMT senior general Bai Chongxi performed the marvelous effort in calming down the Taiwanese to prevent their insurrection, proved the KMT government had capability to put the unrest under control so long he adopted the "proper measures".

So, in conclusion, the Communist army did not even have the 0.0001% of chance to prevent Chiang escaping to Taiwan. No matter how corrupted and unpopular the KMT regime was in Taiwan, the 2.28 Incident proved that the KMT still had capability to put everything under control in Taiwan with the Communist utterly lack of strength to invade and wrest the island from the heavily-defended KMT strategic base.

Very excellent answer. Chiang Kai Shek is so lucky that he managed to escape to Taiwan or else he might be executed or killed by advancing Communist forces in Mainland China.
 
Apr 2017
1,484
U.S.A.
#10
I don't think so. US will defend Taiwan from PLA invasions because the US government during that time acknowledged Chiang's government as the legitimate government of all China. it will never allow Taiwan to be subdued by the Communists.



even Mao decided not to send his peasant troops to prevent US forces from occupying North Korea.
No actually, just months prior Truman said he would take no action to defend Taiwan from the communists. This changed with the Korean war and American ships were sent to patrol the Taiwan straight.
 

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