Hello, I am taking a class in Geopolitics at a university. Today, My professor noted that the Japanese during Second Sino-Japanese war followed the same routes and pathways of invasion from the Northeast that the Mongols in the 13th century and the Manchus in the 17th century. Really? The Japanese really did emulate and followed the same Mongol and Manchu invasion routes that previously conquered all of China? http://www.dokdo-takeshima.com/wordpress/wp-content/images/Japanese-expansion-map.jpg mods note >>>do not hotlink your photos/pictures..use a photo hosting site. Is there really only one successful route that has historically worked to invade China? Another question to ask: Did the Japanese emulate the Mongol Horde style tactic of using rape, pillage, and murder (3 ways) to stun the Chinese populace into fear and submission? Taking a page from Mongols themselves huh? --------------- This supports my conclusion that China's Mao, after understanding the historical importance of protecting and securing the Northeast China, probably considered an American presence so close to Yalu river, a threat.... going back to the Imjin war, Mongol invasions, Manchu invasion, and the Japanese invasion that first took place in the Manchurian region of China. MacArthur himself suggested the Nationalists forces from Chiang Kai Shek launching an American led invasion to free the Mainland from Chinese Communist rule from their base in Korean next to the Yalu.