Japan and Britain in Shanghai, 1925–31 by H. Goto-Shibata

By H. Goto-Shibata

In Shanghai in 1925 the taking pictures by means of a British policeman of chinese language demonstrators built right into a full-scale anti-British stream, whereas in 1932 Japan bombarded the chinese language parts of Shanghai. The booklet examines how the kin among China, Britain and Japan in Shanghai replaced over the years throughout the interval. It investigates the commercial element of background and businessmen's perceptions in addition to the diplomatic and armed forces features, simply because monetary enlargement was once essentially the most vital ambitions of Japan within the Nineteen Twenties.

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The Shanghailanders continued suffering from acute losses even after the troubles in Shanghai were settled, because several minor clashes occurred between Britain and China and because the boycott of trade with Hong Kong by Canton lasted for a long time. This situation resulted in increasing criticism of the inaction of the British diplomats in China and their apparent inability to handle the problem both in influential business circles and in the press. 105 In January 1926, representatives of the commercial and industrial bodies, which were interested in China and viewed the situation with grave apprehension, decided to appoint a committee for lobbying.

Since June, they repeatedly asked the Foreign Ministry not to isolate or offend the Municipal Council and the British. The Japanese businessmen were afraid that Yada and the Foreign Ministry might try to isolate Britain. Although the Japanese mill owners followed and accepted the settlement which Yada reached with the Chinese, they were by no means pleased. They remained very cautious, and tried to remain behind the scenes. They did not strongly demand the transmission of electricity and refrained from expressing their opinions on the problem.

109 On 23/24 June 1926, a meeting of representatives of British business houses in China was held in the board room of Jardine Matheson in Shanghai. Participants of this meeting agreed on the desirability of political and economic stability in China, expansion of trade, and par- The May Thirtieth Incident and its Aftermath 35 t1c1pation of British traders in that expansion. For the attainment of these goals, the foremost essential was peace and the maintenance of goodwill between the Chinese and the British traders.

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