How China Remembers the Korean War

How China Remembers the Korean War
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The Korean War (1950-53), which began 70 years ago today, sealed that first Washington-Beijing split and ushered in two decades of estrangement. Considering how tragic that war was – and the extent to which its legacies still haunt Northeast Asia – it is worth reflecting on how collective memory of it shapes perspectives on the present and the future. That the war is remembered very differently in China, and that these memories reflect differing visions of U.S.-China relations and the destiny of the Asia-Pacific, is a lesson that Americans ignore at their peril.

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