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Interregnum — End of a War, Start of a Revolution

Paul French

in Through the Looking Glass

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099821
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207622 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099821.003.0012
Interregnum — End of a War, Start of a Revolution

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As the war against Japan ended, renewed civil war erupted between the Nationalists and Communists. For those who had been active in the press corps before the war, the writing was clearly on the wall, though they didn't always immediately see it and tried to restart life as before. Peace and a certain normality returned in Hong Kong but on the Mainland a new war was raging for control of China. With the end of the war in the Pacific and the liberation of Shanghai, a new crop of journalists arrived. Their journey was ultimately to be a different one from that of those who covered China in the first half of the century. Some found reporting on the Communist advance a dangerous and potentially lethal occupation. The chaos of the civil war also attracted a few chancers to China. After the Battle of Xuzhou, the Generalissimo had realised that his military position was hopeless but he was not prepared to surrender. The chapter discusses the problems for those who “lost China”, as well as the end of the Old China Press Corps.

Keywords: China Press Corps; Japan; war; Battle of Xuzhou; Generalissimo; Hong Kong; liberation; Shanghai

Chapter.  9570 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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