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From The Strategies Of Confrontation To Time-Killing

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The Shandong Bureau suffered its heaviest losses of the war during the Japanese Operation Rō in the Yimeng Mountains in November-December 1941. The Shandong Bureau was entering its most difficult time in the war. In addition to being a consequence of Japan's growing awareness of the military threat posed by the CCP and their subsequent use of tactical innovations following the CCP's raids in the summer and fall of 1940, these losses were also the result of Mao's expansionist and confrontational strategy against the Nationalist government in northern China and the deficiencies in the Shandong Bureau's organization and leadership. On one hand, Mao realized that it would alter the whole external environment of China's war of resistance and made it impossible for the GMD to make a deal with the Japanese at the CCP's expense.

Keywords: Japanese Operation Rō; Mao; Northern China; Shandong Bureau



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