PRC Domestic Reconstruction and Strategic Shifts: PRC Reasons for Ending the Korean War

  • 2015

PRC Domestic Reconstruction and Strategic Shifts: PRC Reasons for Ending the Korean War

Author:
Joshua Esau
Abstract:

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) accepted truce terms in 1953 in order to avert escalation of the Korean War so its ongoing domestic reconstruction efforts would not be diminished. This project examined the strategic shifts that occurred on the Korean battlefield and the domestic economic situation within China through the years 1951 to 1953. These shifts are significant and should be viewed in light of the truce negotiations and ultimatums issued at the end of the Korean War. The reasons why the PRC accepted truce terms suggests the importance that the Communist leadership placed on China’s infant economic efforts. Looking back 65 years from when the Korean War began, the evidence clearly suggests that China’s decision to choose peace and focus its efforts on economic reconstruction was the right decision.