First Act in China: The Story of the Sian Mutiny

First Act in China: The Story of the Sian Mutiny

First Act in China: The Story of the Sian Mutiny

First Act in China: The Story of the Sian Mutiny

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July 1937 is a month the world will remember. It marked the end of a year of desperate war in Spain, a war between the forces of popular freedom and naked Fascist aggression that has become a European nightmare. And in its last sultry days, it saw the theatre of war suddenly and most uncomfortably enlarged.

The same forces of wanton aggression that threaten the uneasy peace of Europe were unleashed in another hemisphere. The war in the Far East had begun.

Europe's extremity has always been Japan's opportunity. And once more the Japanese militarists, in well-timed concert with their European allies, have taken advantage of the confusion over Spain to strike a blow at the living body of China. With this last unprovoked attack, the plans of the Tokyo General Staff for the domination of Eastern Asia, and for the long-prepared offensive against the Soviet Union, have moved one stage nearer completion.

Before this latest challenge, China stands at bay. Isolated in a world where only the enemies of peace seem able to combine successfully, she is at last collecting all her scattered forces to fight her own battle. But no single nation -- and least of all Great Britain and the United States -- can afford to neglect the present issues in the Far East.

Japan's demand is for nothing less than the complete subjugation of China. Even the Western Powers with vital interests in the Far East -- strategic interests of far greater ultimate importance than any capital investments they may have in China, or any markets they may still hope to preserve against Japanese competition -- have never really dared to consider what this might mean.

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