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Author Chang, David Cheng, 1974- author.

Title The hijacked war : the story of Chinese POWs in the Korean War / David Cheng Chang
Published Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2020]


Description 1 online resource (476 pages)
Contents Fleeing or embracing the Communists in the Chinese Civil War -- Reforming former nationalists -- Desperados and volunteers -- Chiang, Macarthur, Truman, and NSC-81/1 -- Defectors and prisoners in the first three Chinese offensives -- Ridgway's turnaround, MacArthur's exit, and Taiwan's entry -- The fifth offensive debacle -- Civil war in the POW camps -- The debate over prisoner repatriation in Washington, Panmunjom, and Taipei -- Screening : "voluntary repatriation" turns violent -- Gen. Dodd's kidnapping and Gen. Boatner's crackdown -- China hands on Koje and Cheju -- The October 1 massacre on Cheju -- Exchanges and "explanation" -- Prisoner-agents of unit 8240 -- Aftermath
Summary The Korean War lasted for three years, one month, and two days, but armistice talks occupied more than two of those years, as more than 14,000 Chinese prisoners of war refused to return to Communist China and demanded to go to Nationalist Taiwan, effectively hijacking the negotiations and thwarting the designs of world leaders at a pivotal moment in Cold War history. In The Hijacked War, David Cheng Chang vividly portrays the experiences of Chinese prisoners in the dark, cold, and damp tents of Koje and Cheju Islands in Korea and how their decisions derailed the high politics being conducted in the corridors of power in Washington, Moscow, and Beijing. Chang demonstrates how the Truman-Acheson administration's policies of voluntary repatriation and prisoner reindoctrination for psychological warfare purposes--the first overt and the second covert--had unintended consequences. The "success" of the reindoctrination program backfired when anti-Communist Chinese prisoners persuaded and coerced fellow POWs to renounce their homeland. Drawing on newly declassified archival materials from China, Taiwan, and the United States, and interviews with more than 80 surviving Chinese and North Korean prisoners of war, Chang depicts the struggle over prisoner repatriation that dominated the second half of the Korean War, from early 1952 to July 1953, in the prisoners' own words
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
Description based on online resource; title from resource home page (De Gruyter, viewed March 15, 2021)
Subject Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Prisoners and prisons, Chinese
Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal narratives, Chinese
Repatriation -- China -- History -- 20th century
Repatriation -- Taiwan -- History -- 20th century
Communists -- China -- History -- 20th century
Nationalists -- China -- History -- 20th century
HISTORY -- Military -- Korean War.
Diplomatic relations.
SUBJECT United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1953.
China -- History -- Civil War, 1945-1949.
Subject China.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Personal narratives
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018022756
ISBN 9781503605879