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The Asian Campaign of World War II mostly refers to an ongoing Chinese civil war and a war between Japan, Korea, and China. Japan and China, compared to Russia and Germany, were years behind in terms of military technology, so the fighting was much more conventional and fair. The Campaign became important to the fate of Asia on November 8, 1945, when Japanese planes entered Korean airspace and destroyed many buildings in important cities. The next day, a Japanese foot invasion followed.

Korea

On November 11, Japanese forces pushed deep into Korean territory and began preparing an attack on the capital. On November 13, The Japanese air force achieved dominance over the airspace in the capital city. This left the city vulnerable to attack, prompting the Korean government to flee to Beijing on November 15. The next day, Japanese invaders demolished much of the capital city and Korea surrendered on November 17. Japan then began to attack China because it sheltered the Korean government while the invasion of Korea was taking place. On November 30, Korea was annexed by Japan.

China

Shanghai-0

Japanese soldiers invading Shanghai

The invasion of China began on December 2 with the invasion of Taiwan and bombing of Shanghai. On December 5, Taiwan fell to complete Japanese control. A few days later, it was annexed by Japan and Japanese forces in Korea invaded northern China and began to move toward Beijing. On December 16, Japanese forces in Taiwan attacked Shanghai, which had devastating effects, as the rebels were fighting for control of this territory as well. On December 23, Shanghai fell to Japanese control, and Japanese forces moved south, occupying coastal China. On Christmas, the Battle of Shenyang began with Japanese forces attacking and capturing a large part of the city from rebel control. After a few weeks of fighting, the Chinese air force demolished the entire city on January 18.

Beijing

Chinese soldiers defending Beijing

On January 20, Japanese forces attacked Beijing from the south, while the air force bombed several key positions inside the city. On January 31, Japanese forces in the north arrived at Beijing. The battle was now being fought between the Chinese, the rebels, and the Japanese throughout the entire city, causing widespread chaos. The rebels controlled the east, the Chinese government controlled the west, and the Japanese controlled the north and south. The Japanese steadily pushed through the city on both fronts, defeating the Chinese government on February 7. The rebels were soon defeated on February 12, and the Chinese rebellion was officially crushed by the government on February 17. On February 19, Japan annexed the entire Chinese coast.

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