Timeline Capsule
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1927 . 08 . 01
The Chinese Civil War Begins
In 1927, the rivalry between the Kuomintang (KMT) and Chinese Communist Party (CPC) evolved into a civil war that was to span nearly 25 years.  (see 1911 and 1923 ASIA)

The conflict eventually results in two separate, unofficial states, the Kuomintang's Republic of China (ROC), located in Taiwan, and the communist People's Republic of China (PRC) in mainland China, each claiming to be the legitimate government of China.

Second United Front:
Conflict Temporarily Halts 
to Fight Japanese Invasion
In 1937, the two parties came together, to take a stand against a Japanse invasion, forming the Second United Front.  However, as soon as the conflict ended with Japan, the civil war resumed in 1946.

1950: Major Conflict Ends
with Communists Winning War
All major military action ended between the two political factions in 1950, resulting in the communist People's Republic of China maintaining control of mainland China and the nationalist Republic of China being restricted to Taiwan, Penghu, Quemoy, Matsu and severaly outlying islands.