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Max Hastings an author of several novels dealing with numerous war events including The Korean War stated that there is no evidence that China played a significant role in the North Korean decision to go to war This paper will clash with Max Hastings scholarly statement because the Chinese must have been intimately involved in the process of creating the Korean War in order to be able to defeat American South Korean and United Nations infantry en route to establishing a Chinese frontline south of Seoul and across the Han River by January of 1951 A mere intervention by a poorly equipped Chinese army simply can not constitute their great accomplishment of pushing the friendly forces south of the 38th parallel Thus through exploring the Soviet influence on Chinas new Communist regime identifying Chinas involvement in the plotting of the June 25th invasion and by identifying Chinas position after the opposition imposes on North Koreas June 25th invasion an understanding that China played a very important intimate and significant role in plotting and intervening in the Korean War can be established Since Chinas defeat in the Opium Wars of 1842 China had searched for its dignity self-respect and scapegoat to supremacy for over one hundred years China struggled to find their national and international political niche as well as a sense of where they belonged as a people in the world On October 1 1949 the Chinese question seemed to be solved as The Peoples Republic of China was formally inaugurated and was officially recognized by the Soviet Union as a Communist regime the following day On October 2 1949 China embarked on a new era in their very colourful history For the next three to four years China and the Soviet Union would develop a very intimate diplomatic and military relationship because of numerous treaties and agreements The new Chinese Communist regime seemingly engaged in these agreements and treaties quite often
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