USA fly 2.3 million tons of supplies in, plane every 3 minutes, for 11 months.
January 25, 1949
Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, USSR, East Germany = Trading group - Communist control over currency, raw materials, trade (USSR need excuse to get cheap supplies).
USA, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, UK: USA can put A-bombs next to USSR, use Europe troops, influence "too keep peace" = very threatening to USSR.
West Germany created (FRG)
23rd May 1949
USSR test Atomic bomb
China goes Communist (PRC)
October 1, 1949
USA does not recognise it as offical Govt, so communicates with capitalist Taiwan.