APWH Timeline Chapter 31


Hong Kong is a British Colony

1898 - 1997

British control in Hong Kong transformed it into an important world port. Due to British rule, Hong Kong developed a free market economic system unlike China.

Korea Taken Over Japan


Begins Japan's oppressive rule over the Korean people.

Korea Annexed to Japan


Begins Japan's oppressive rule over the Korean people.

Manchuria Annexed to Japan


Allowed Japan to build a regional empire in Asia. Other conquests include Korea and Taiwan.

British Build Naval Base in Singapore

1935 - 1939

The British retained the large naval base until 1791m she Britain abandoned all pretense of power in east Asia.

Japan Had 3rd Largest Merchant Marine in the World


This statistic shows the military might Japan possessed before the two World Wars.

Japan Loses Colonial Status of Korea.


Korea became two independent countries(North and South). Japan's exploitation of Korea's economy was brought to an end.

Douglas MacArthur Tears Down Japanese Military and Occupies Japan


The reforms brought about by the occupation of Japan lead to Japan's establishment as a world superpower. The reforms include a new constitution and the decentralization of the police.

Taiwan Ruled By Nationalists

1946 - 1948

Nationalist rule resulted in an imposition over the Taiwanese majority of a new leadership plus a massive military force drawn from the mainland.

U.S. Sponsors Republic of Korea


Results in U.S. support of South Korea in the Korean War.

Taiwan Presses For Independence


The desire for independence encourages U.S. support for Taiwan.

Korean War

1950 - 1953

A war between North and South Korea. The U.S. supported South Korea and China supported Communist North Korea. Neither country won in the end.

Korean Front Stabilizes with 48th Parallel


The border between North and South Korea stabilizes bringing the Korean War to an end.

American Occupation of Japan Ends


Japan was now able to continue on without the U.S. "buffer" and using the foundation laid during the occupation, rise to become an economic power.

Liberal Democratic Party Forms


The formation of the Liberal Democratic Party shows the shift Japanese government had made after U.S. occupation. The Liberal Democratic Party monopolized politics into the 1990s.

Lee Yuan Kew Takes Power in Singapore


Under his rule, the government established tight controls over its citizens, going betted anything attempted elsewhere in the Pacific Rim.

Law for Social Obligations for the Elderly


Japanese still retained traditional values despite Western influence.

South Korean Growth Rate Matches Japan

1970 - 1980

Signifies Korea's rapid economic growth in comparison to the powerful nation of Japan.

President Nixon Visits China


Showed improved relations with the Chinese government.

Singapore has 2nd Highest Per Capita Income in Asia

1980 - 1989

Shows the economic growth of Singapore in comparison to the other Asian countries. Shows that Singapore's economy and standard of living is higher the most other places in Asia.

Japan's "Lost Decade"

1991 - 2000

The time after the Japanese asset price bubble's collapse within the Japanese economy, which occurred gradually rather than catastrophically. The decade had devastating effects on Japan's economy.

Chinese Gov't Promises Free Market Society In Hong Kong


China's communist government promised to respect Hong Kong's democratic political rights and free market economic system. A very substantial promise for a nation who has rejected Western influence time and time again.

Authoritarian Ruler Overturned in Indonesia


Signifies the spread of democracy in Asia.

President Bush Sends Arms to Taiwan


President Bush supported the Taiwanese military showing the ongoing relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan.

End of Liberal Democratic Party


The Liberal Democratic Party(LDP) lost its monopoly of Japanese politics to the Democratic Party of Japan(DPJ) in a landslide victory bringing their dominance to an abrupt and ignominious end.