The Shanghai Incident

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:
The Shanghai Incident

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This chapter examines the role of the Asiatic Fleet in the so-called Shanghai Incident of January 1932. As long as the major fighting between the Chinese and the Japanese was confined to Manchuria, the Fleet followed their usual routine, retiring for the winter of 1931-1932 to the Philippines and leaving in Chinese waters the gunboats of the Yangtze and South China patrols. However, the outward show of non-involvement abruptly ended in late January 1932 with the outbreak of fighting between the Chinese and Japanese at Shanghai in the so-called Shanghai Incident. This chapter highlights the growing antagonism between the Chinese and Japanese in Shanghai and the intensified Chinese hostility against the Japanese following the movement by the Kwantung Army into Manchuria.

Keywords: Asiatic Fleet; Shanghai Incident; Chinese-Japanese conflict; Manchuria; Shanghai; Kwantung Army

Chapter.  11601 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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