why did the USA fear that communism would spread throughout asia at the end of the WW2?

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  • REMOVAL OF JAPAN: Japan had controlled parts of China, Vietnam, Korea and the Philippines before WW2. Aug 1945, Japan was bombed into surrender = power vacuum in these countries. The USA feared the USSR spreading communist control in these countries.
    • Why did the US fear that communism would spread throughout Asia at the end of WW2?
      • THE SPREAD OF COMMUNISM AFTER WW2: Hitler had been defeated in Europe = power vacuum which Stalin filled as he expanded into Europe. Communist states were being controlled from Moscow... would the same happen in Asia?
      • POVERTY OF ASIA AFTER REMOVAL OF JAPAN: Japan had stripped these countries of resources, leaving barren economies in her wake.

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