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Negotiating China's Destiny in World War II$
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Hans van de Ven, Diana Lary, and Stephen MacKinnon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804789660

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804789660.001.0001

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The 1952 Treaty of Peace between China and Japan

The 1952 Treaty of Peace between China and Japan

(p.220) 13 The 1952 Treaty of Peace between China and Japan
Negotiating China's Destiny in World War II

Hans van de Ven

Stanford University Press

Van de Ven argues that the 1952 Peace Treaty between the Republic of China and Japan was less a peace treaty than one of a series of US-inspired treaties to contain communism in East Asia. It was important because it meant that the Nationalists would be regarded as one of the victorious allies; because it turned Japan away from concluding an agreement with the PRC and steered it toward Taiwan and other states in South and Southeast Asia; and, finally, because it would form a cornerstone of a political order in East Asia which remaind in place today. Van de Ven demonstrates that many issues that bedevil interstate relations in East Asia, such as the status of Taiwan, have their origins in the negotations leading up to this treaty.

Keywords:   Chiang Kaishek, Yeh Kung-ch’ao, John Foster Dulles, San Francisco Peace Treaty, Taipei Peace Treaty, Cairo Conference, Taiwan

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