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YES, it did. It did a lot more in fact than many are willing to admit.

China started the war in 1931 as a loose collection of warlord fiefs, we were definitely

play fast and loose with the word "nation" at this point.

By 1945, the warlords were no longer an issue, and only the question of CCP or KMT remained to be resolved through civil war.

Without first achieving national unification, there can be no real modernization. Unification is step one.