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Asymmetrical NeighborsBorderland State Building between China and Southeast Asia$
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Enze Han

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190688301

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190688301.001.0001

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Spillover of the Chinese Civil War and Militarization of the Borderland

Spillover of the Chinese Civil War and Militarization of the Borderland

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(p.55) 4 Spillover of the Chinese Civil War and Militarization of the Borderland
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Asymmetrical Neighbors
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Enze Han

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190688301.003.0004

Chapter 4 analyzes the legacy of the KMT in the borderland area, after its defeat in the Chinese Civil War, in terms of its impact on state building in the three countries. It analyzes how the KMT incursion in Burma played a sizable role in the fragmentation of Burma in the peripheries and also indirectly set in motion the militarized confrontation between the Burmese army and many of the estranged ethnic groups. In Thailand’s case, KMT remnant troops proved instrumental in Thai counter-insurgency campaigns within the context of its broader security relations with the United States during the Cold War. For China, the communist government carried out ruthless counterinsurgencies against the KMT remnants as well as other ethnic and local rebellions in mountainous areas that resisted the communist regime’s consolidation of power. Campaigns were also carried out to subdue the population in the name of suppressing counter-revolutionaries.

Keywords:   KMT, Golden Triangle, Campaign to Suppress Counterrevolutionaries, Cold War Southeast Asia, Chinese Civil War

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