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The Red Dragon Plan

Jeff Mielke

in Homer Lea

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126166
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135632 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126166.003.0010
The Red Dragon Plan

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As part of his impudent military ventures, Lea sought to become a U.S. trade representative to China in 1908, but unfortunately he did not succeed. So he created the Red Dragon plan which fired his extraordinary imagination and ambition. His military strategy intended to adopt the proposed revolution and revitalize the plan for the 1900 Huang Hui uprising. According to Lea's Red Dragon plan, Lea's forces, launching their attack from Macao, would seize first Canton and then the Kwang provinces before the imperial Ch'ing army could be mobilized to stop them. However, this goal remained unsuccessful. For Lea, there was a bright side to offset the frustrations of the Red Dragon conspiracy and these were his two unsuccessful bids at securing a government appointment. Moreover, the success and notoriety Lea gained from The Valor of Ignorance could not have come at a more opportune time to offset the troubles caused by the Red Dragon conspiracy.

Keywords: U.S; Red Dragon Plan; Macao; Canton; Kwang; The Valor of Ignorance

Chapter.  5492 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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