Wars Fought in East Asia 598 to 1975

East Asia WarsThis timeline details the main wars that have taken place in East Asia and South East Asia

598 to 614
Goguryeo–Sui War
Fought between: Goguryeo Kingdom against Sui Dynasty
Location: North Korean Peninsula. Manchuria 
Result: Goguryeo victory
645 to 668
Goguryeo–Tang War
Fought between: Goguryeo Kingdom (Korea) against Tang Empire
Location: China, Korea
Result: Tang Victory
Autumn 1180 to April 1185
Gempei War
Fought between: Minamoto Clan against Taira Clan
Location: Japan
Result: Minamoto Clan victory, Kamakura Shogunate established.
1207 to 1279
Mongol Conquest of China (Part of the Mongol Conquests)
Fought between: Mongol Empire and Genghis Khan against Western Xia, Jin dynasty, Song dynasty
Location: China, Mongolia
Result: Decisive Mongol victory, establishment of the Yuan dynasty.
1216 to 1221
Mongol Conquest of Central Asia (Part of the Mongol Conquests)
Fought between: Mongol Empire and Genghis Khan against Khwarazmian dynasty
Location: Central Asia
Result: Mongol victory and conquest of the region
1231 to 1257
Mongol Invasion of Korea (Part of the Mongol Conquests)
Fought between: Mongol Empire and Genghis Khan against Korea
Location Korean Peninsula
Result: Mongol victory, Goryeo became a vassal of the Yuan dynasty.
November 1274
First Mongol Invasion of Japan (Part of the Mongol Conquests)
Fought between: Mongol Empire and Kublai Khan against Japan
Location: Northern Kyūshū
Result: Japanese victory.
June 1281 to August 1281
Second Mongol Invasion of Japan (Part of the Mongol Conquests)
Fought between: Mongol Empire and Kublai Khan against Japan
Location: Nagato, Hakata Bay, Tsushima, Iki
Result: Japanese victory
July 1467 to 1477
Onin War
Fought between: Hosokawa family (Japan) against Yamana family (Japan)
Location: Japan
Result: Victory for the Hosokawa family
May 1592 to December 1598
Japanese Invasion of Korea
Fought between: Japan against Korea, China
Location: Korea
Result: Japanese defeat
18th March 1839 to 29th August 1842
First Opium War
Fought between: Britain, British India against China
Location: China
Result: British victory – Britain gained Hong Kong
October 1856 to August 1860
Second Opium War (Arrow War)
Fought between: Britain, France against China
Location: China
Result: British/French victory
3rd January 1868 to 18th May 1869
Boshin War
Fought between: Imperial Japan against Shogunate Japan
Location: Japan
Result: Imperial victory
April 1883 to June 1885
Tonkin War (Sino-French War)
Fought between: China, North Vietnam against France
Location: South-east China, North Vietnam, Taiwan
Result: Stalemate
1st August 1894 to 17th April 1895
First Sino-Japanese War
Fought between: China against Japan
Location: Korea, Manchuria, Taiwan
Result: Japanese victory
1904, 8th February to 1905, 5th September
Russo-Japanese War
Fought between: Russian Empire against Japan
Location: Manchuria, Korean Peninsula, Sea of Japan
Result: Japanese Victory
1927, 12th April to 1950, 1st May (paused to fight Sino Japanese War)
Chinese Civil War
Fought between: Chinese Nationalists against Chinese Communist Party
Location: China
Result: Communist Party victory
1937, 7th July to 1945, 9th September
Second Sino-Japanese War from 1941 part of World War Two
Fought between: China against Japan
Location: China and Burma (Myanmar)
Result: Chinese victory
1939, 1st September to 1945, 2nd September
World War II Pacific War
Fought between: Axis Powers – Japan against Allies – United States, China, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Soviet Union
Location: South-east Asia, Burma, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean
Japanese unconditional surrender
1945, August to 1950, April
Chinese Civil War
Fought between: Chinese Communist Party against Chinese Nationalists
Location: China
Result: Communist Party victory
1946, 19th December to 1954, 1st August
First Indochina War
Fought between: France, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia against Viet Minh
Location: Vietnam
Result: Viet Minh victory, Vietnam partitioned to North and South
1950, 25th June to 1953, 27th June
Korean War (part of the Cold War)
Fought between: South Korea, United States, United Kingdom against North Korea, China, Soviet Union
Location: Korean Peninsula
Result: Inconclusive
1959, 26th September to 1975, 30th April
Vietnam War (part of the Cold War)
Fought between: South Vietnam, United States against North Vietnam, Viet Cong, Khmer Rouge
Location: Vietnam
Result: North Vietnam victory

 

First published 2015; updated and re-published Jan 28 @ 11:59 pm – Updated – Jan 29, 2022 @ 12:05 am

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Heather Y Wheeler. (2015 – 2022). Wars Fought in East Asia 598 to 1975. Available: https://www.totallytimelines.com/wars-fought-in-east-asia-598-to-1975. Last accessed July 5th, 2022