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The Navy and “China United”

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032887.003.0014
The Navy and “China United”

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This chapter examines the so-called China United in 1929. The Chinese unity was celebrated after the fall of North China to the Nationalists and their allies, the establishment of the Nationalist capital at Nanking, and the entombment of the remains of Sun Yat-sen on Purple Mountain behind Nanking. The situation would have ended the role of the U.S. Navy in China as a peacekeeper and protector of American lives and property. However, Finance Minister T.V. Soong revealed that the Nanking government collected taxes only in four provinces of the lower Yangtze Valley and that it had neither sufficient funding to maintain nor the means to disband the soldiers who remained a source of continuing unrest.

Keywords: China; unity; North China; Nationalists; Sun Yat-sen; U.S. Navy; T.V. Soong; tax collection; soldiers

Chapter.  13425 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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