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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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Declaring War as an Issue in Chinese Wartime Diplomacy

Declaring War as an Issue in Chinese Wartime Diplomacy

(p.111) 6 Declaring War as an Issue in Chinese Wartime Diplomacy
Negotiating China's Destiny in World War II

Tsuchida Akio

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China declared war on Japan only after Pearl Harbor, while Japan never followed suit. Tsuchido Akio demonstrates that contrary to generally held opinion, China did not decline to declare war on Japan after 1937 because it feared triggering the provisions of the USA’s neutrality laws. Domestic political factors were far more important. By discussing the debates about this contentious issue within Chinese politics, ‘Declaring War’ provides important insight into the making of Nationalist foreign policy, demonstrating that Chiang Kaishek regularly listened and accepted the advice of his foreign policy advisors and Chinese diplomats.

Keywords:   Chiang Kaishek, war declaration, Wang Shijie, Wang Jingwei, Marco Polo Bridge Incident, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kong Xiangxi

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