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Red Cliffs 208

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Fresh from victory in the north, Cao Cao returned to his base territory, reaching Ye city in the first month of 208. During the first half of 208 Cao Cao paid chief attention to the strengthening and organisation of his government, making a number of changes and putting new systems in place. In the winter of 208, Sun Quans general Zhou Yu and the allied army defeated Cao Cao at the Red Cliffs, who then withdrew to the north. With the defeat at the Red Cliffs, Cao Caos short-lived control over the greater part of Jing province was broken, and he was faced by two rival and growing powers, Sun Quan on the lower Yangzi and the ambitious Liu Bei in the middle basin. He could never dominate the south of China as he had the north, and the armed forces of Wei would never cross the Yangzi.

Keywords: Cao Cao; Jing province; Liu Bei; Red Cliffs; Sun Quan



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