China shares a border with 14 countries. From what I can gather, the US has used military force in at least nine of these.
- Afghanistan, 1998, 2001-
- Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), 1950-1953
- India, 1942-1945 (1)
- Laos, 1962-75
- Myanmar, 1942-1945 (1)
- Pakistan, 2004-
- Russia, 1918-20, 1920-22
- Tajikistan, 2001 (2)
- Vietnam, 1955-75
I’m not arguing whether the use of force was necessary or not. It’s just that I’ve not seen a discussion regarding this before.
The first note references the China Burma India Theatre. Regardless of the intentions or the evil which was being fought, I think it can still be shown that all three countries were in part devastated by the US presence.
The second note references a border bombing that took place in 2001. Given the nature of the war, I’d be willing to bet that there have been other incursions into Tajikistan.
The main information regarding US military actions comes from this Wikipedia article.
The list of countries that share a border with China came from this about.com article.
In a later post, I’ll give an overview of the almost 30 times that the US has used military force against China itself.
Oh, btw, here is an interesting little article regarding US involvement in the 1971 war between India and Pakistan.