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:

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This chapter examines the American naval presence in China. It explains that the East India Squadron, precursor to the Asiatic Fleet, traces its roots to 1835, when Commodore Edmund P. Kennedy was dispatched to the Far East with Edmund F. Roberts to negotiate commercial agreements with China and Japan. It discusses the implications of the Asiatic Fleet's involvement in the conflicts in China during the interwar years for Chinese-American relations. It suggests that while Americans believed their motivations to be honorable, many Chinese considered them as self-interested as those of other foreigners. Thus, the Americans' actions contributed to Chinese resentment toward foreign intervention which continues to the present.

Keywords: naval presence; China; Asiatic Fleet; Edmund P. Kennedy; Far East; Edmund F. Roberts; Japan; Chinese-American relations; foreign intervention

Chapter.  2479 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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