China’s War in Korea

Strategic Culture and Geopolitics

  • Xiaobing Li

Part of the New Directions in East Asian History book series (NDEAH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Xiaobing Li
    Pages 17-45
  3. Xiaobing Li
    Pages 79-108
  4. Xiaobing Li
    Pages 109-143
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 199-245

About this book


This book re-visits the history of the Korean War of 1950-1953 from a Chinese perspective, examining Chinese strategy and exploring why China sent three million troops to Korea, in Mao’s words, to “defend the homeland and safeguard the country”—giving rise to what became the war’s common name in China. It also looks into the relatively neglected historical factors which have redefined China’s security concerns and strategic culture. Using newly available sources from China and the former Soviet Union, the book considers how interactive the parameters of defense changes were in a foreign war against Western powers, how flexible Chinese strategy was in the context of its intervention, and how expansive its strategic cultural repertoire was at the crucial moment to “defend the country.” Providing a re-examination of China’s military decisions and strategy evolution, this text narrates the story of successive generations of Chinese leaders and provides a key insight into security issues in China and Northeast Asia today.


History of Chinese Foreign Relations Geopolitical History of Northeast Asia China and History of the Korean War China’s Foreign Policy in the 20th Century History of Two Koreas The Korean War of 1950-1953

Authors and affiliations

  • Xiaobing Li
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Central OklahomaEdmondUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-32-9674-9
  • Online ISBN 978-981-32-9675-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2522-0195
  • Series Online ISSN 2522-0209
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