What factors led to Mao Zedong's victory in China?


Mao Zedong's men were more skillful in military planning and they were able to lead the Kuomintang into territory not familiar to the latter. They looked for weakness in the troop movements and attacked with great determination. During the war with the Japanese, Mao and the Kuomintang (KMT) agreed to a ceasefire. While the KMT absorbed most of the losses fighting in the North, Mao in the south had few casualties. At the end of the war with the Japanese, Mao and his Red Army had amassed a wealth of Japanese Arms. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union had captured Manchuria and Mao and his army were given refuge there when the civil war continued. The KMT could not follow Mao into Manchuria. Mao already had the support of the peasants by this time. The KMT agreed to a ceasefire as suggested by the United States so that there could be peace talks. Mao and his army used this time to regroup and they were finally able to defeat the KMT. In October of 1949, Mao announced the People's Republic of China while Chiang and his remaining followers fled to Taiwan.

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