Staying an <i>Co-optation of the Northeastern Provincial Elites, 1931–1932</i>

Rana Mitter

in The Manchurian Myth

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221116
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923881 | DOI:
Staying an Co-optation of the Northeastern Provincial Elites, 1931–1932

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The Manchurian Incident was marked with prevalent cooperation between the Japanese invaders and the local Chinese leaders. In many places, there was fearless fighting by Chinese opposed to the occupation, but as it was not centrally coordinated, it had little overall effect. However, in the initial period of the occupation, the army's behavior was heavily affected by Chinese actions and, in some cases, their refusal to act. Thus, the Japanese co-optation of Manchurian Chinese elite members at a provincial and local level, making them part of the new regime, was encouraged by the policy of nonresistance to the Japanese advocated by Nanjing and followed by prominent members of the Zhang Xueliang administration, who might have been expected to oppose the Kwantung Army's incursions.

Keywords: Manchurian Incident; invaders; co-optation; Chinese; Kwantung Army

Chapter.  12300 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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