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JANUARY 6

Britain recognizes China - 1950

On this date, the British government, under the command of Clement Attlee, then Prime Minister, recognizes the People's Republic of China, the new nation that three months earlier had proclaimed Communist leader Mao Zedong. Britain's recognition of the People's Republic of China caused a diplomatic crisis with the United States, which supported Chinese nationalism in its struggle against Mao Zedong's communists. Most nationalist forces fled to Taiwan, but there were still some strongholds of resistance on the continent. Some US officials accused Britain that by accepting and recognizing the Communist Government of China, it had sentenced nationalist troops to death. However, that same year, Britain and the United States presented a common front against communist China, when Chinese forces participated in the Korean War with the Northern troops, involving British and US forces in a deadly combat on the Peninsular. Korea.