After Nanking

William Reynolds Braisted

in Diplomats in Blue

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780813032887
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038223 | DOI:
After Nanking

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This chapter examines the American response to the Nanking incident which resulted in a fairly large number of casualties. The incident provoked no demands from Washington for an immediate punitive response and the government considered the situation in China was not serious. However, U.S. Minister to China John Van Antwerp MacMurray thought otherwise. MacMurray and his colleagues from Great Britain and Japan recommended to their respective governments that they present Chiang Kai-shek with three demands. These included an apology from the Nationalist commander in chief, punishment of the troop commanders and others responsible for the outrage, and reparation for personal injuries and material damage suffered by their nationals.

Keywords: Nanking incident; John Van Antwerp MacMurray; Great Britain; Japan; Chiang Kai-shek; public apology; reparation; troop commanders

Chapter.  7865 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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