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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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Chiang Kai-shek and Jawaharlal Nehru

Chiang Kai-shek and Jawaharlal Nehru

(p.127) 7 Chiang Kai-shek and Jawaharlal Nehru
Negotiating China's Destiny in World War II

Yang Tianshi

Stanford University Press

During WWII, Chiang Kai-shek and Nehru visited each other while India and China began to think through what a post-imperialist Asia might look like. While the strengthening Indian independence movement was a concern for Britain, Chiang Kai-shek worried that the British refusal to accept India independence demands would weaken the Allied position in South and Southeast Asia. Yang Tianshi analyzes the Nationalist policy of expressing support for Indian aspirations for independence while maintain workable relations with the British. He also demonstrates how early enthusiasms on both sides gave way to tensions. WWII did not end with amity between China and India.

Keywords:   Nehru, Gandhi, British Empire, Chiang Kai-shek, Dai Jitao, empire, decolonization

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