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|Chiang Kai-shek's takes over China|
n March 1927, General Chiang Kai-shek and his revolutionary army easily took over Shanghai, China's industrial and commercial hub. The city, which had been paralysed by strikes organised by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), did not even fire a single gunshot.
Chiang's forces, an unorthodox (unconventional/ untraditional) alliance of the CCP and the Guomindang (China's middle-class revolutionary party), now controlled most of the country. The civil war seemed to be over, and the Communists were in command. Only Manchuria, ruled by warlord Zhang Zuolin, remained outside Chiang's power.
A communist victory in China's civil war seemed to be a victory for USSR's Stalin. (USSR was the centre of communism.) However, after the Shanghai victory, Chiang swiftly moved his troops against the (communist) trade unions purged the Communists out of the Guomindang, banned the CCP, established the Nationalist Government and made himself president. Thus, the USSR broke off diplomatic ties with Chiang's anti-Communist regime.
Chiang continued fighting Zhang Zuolin, to fulfill his dream of a unified China. By 1928, Zhang had been assasinated, and his son and successor had made peace with Chiang. Unification of China under the nationalists was complete
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