Throughout the duration of the Cold War, there were more countries that became involved in the conflict other than the United States and Soviet Union. One heavily involved and impacted region of the Cold War was Asia. We see this as many conflicts rose among Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, China and other Asian countries. The two major countries that we are going to inspect the impact of are, Vietnam and China. Both countries had major roles throughout the Cold War, and were closely tied with the two superpowers, the US and USSR.
If anything is known about the Cold War, you’ll understand that Vietnam is a major component throughout the majority of the war. Spanning over twenty years, the harsh fight claimed over three million people were killed and the land was scarred. Over the course of the conflict in Vietnam, the United States alone was seen dropping over eight billion tons of bombs between a short time period of 1965-1973. As you can infer, this eight billion tons of explosives would have a major impact on the land. But, in addition to explosives, there was a significant amount of chemical damage. Agent Orange, a defoliant, was dropped across many heavily foliated areas destroying countless acres of land. In fact, in 1969 alone, Agent Orange was seen in full effect as it claimed 1,034,300 hectares (equivalent to one hundred acres) of forest. This is an outrageous number and was only reached in one year's time. Over the next seven years another chemical, Agent Blue, was introduced and takes an additional 688,000 acres of agricultural land depriving many of food sources.