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Opium Control versus Opium Suppression: The Origins of the 1935 Six-Year Plan to Eliminate Opium and Drugs

Alan Baumler

in Opium Regimes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780520220096
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924499 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520220096.003.0053
Opium Control versus Opium Suppression: The Origins of the 1935 Six-Year Plan to Eliminate Opium and Drugs

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This chapter details how Jiang Jieshi was able to gain the upper hand in the trade over his warlord counterparts by getting almost complete control over supply and distribution. It explains that Jiang worked on the fine line between control and suppression. The chapter notes that whether the ambitious six-year plan would have achieved its declared goal of total elimination cannot be known, for the plan was thrown into chaos when Japan invaded two years later. It explains that although opium suppression lost its priority at the beginning of the war, the Guomindang government rapidly re-emphasized it as a key component of the war effort and kept the original plan going in west China.

Keywords: opium control; Jiang Jieshi; opium suppression; Japan; war; Guomindang government; west China

Chapter.  10302 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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