The Chinese had supported North Korea's initial move south on 25th June 1950, but had not got involved directly. But as soon as the UN forces crossed the 38th Parallel, pressure grew in China and it was decided that they could not allow a UN victory to become a precursor to an invasion of China. After the North Koreans were pushed further north, Chinese forces entered the conflict on October 1950 and pushed the United Nations forces back to the south. After another two years of fighting, an armistice was eventually signed on July 27th 1953.
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