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1947 Manchuria: Several battles and offensives occur during the year. Nationalist Chinese forces secure the Liaosi Corridor on Oct. 10.

1947 Jan. 6 - 7, United States of America: General George Marshall is recalled by President Harry Truman at Marshall's own request.  On January 7 Marshall criticizes both Communists and Nationalist sides of the conflict. All US Marines withdraw from China except for one regiment in Tiensin, according to the terms of the 1901 Boxer Protocol.

1947 Jan.-Dec., North/Central China: Except for the ongoing offensive in Shensi, Nationalist Chinese forces go on the defensive in response to increasing Communist military pressure.

1947 Feb. 28, Formosa: Large-scale public protests against the repression and corruption of Chaing Kai-shek and his Kuomintang (KMT) party, left in control of Formosa by the Allies since the end of World War II, erupt for ten days. Chaing orders his troops to restore order and as a result between 18,000 and 28,000 people die in the ensuing violence. Thousands of others are arrested and imprisoned during the "White Terror" campaign over the course of the next ten years. Many remained jailed until the early 1980s.

1947 March 19, North/Central China:
The Nationalist offensive in Shensi results in the capture of the Communist Chinese capital of Yenan. Mao Tse-tung flies, but Communist forces continue their offensives elsewhere as Mao refused to pull back troops to defend the capital.

1947 October, North/Central China: Communist offensives are coordinated with attacks in Manchuria cutting off Nationalist Chinese lines of communication in North China.

Latest Update: September 9, 2003