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The long war
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In October 1951, the Conservatives returned to power: Winston Churchill was once more the prime minister and Anthony Eden his foreign secretary. Eden suggested that, from a purely personal standpoint, he felt that bombing beyond the Yalu would be 'less difficult' for his government than the blockade. Consequently, Churchill was not concerned about the bombing of targets in Manchuria; as for the possibility of war with China, he considered it not a country 'against which one declared war, rather a country against which war was waged'. The British, however, did signal a clear shift from the previous Labour Government, with Churchill describing British diplomatic relations with Communist China as a 'fiction'. He added that had he been in power, he would have broken relations with China when the Chinese attacked the UN forces in Korea.

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Britain’s Korean War

Cold War diplomacy, strategy and security 1950–53

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