VI
TRYING CONSPIRACY FIRST

LONG before Japan openly attacked China in July of 1937, she was trying to gain ascendancy by means of political intrigue. In 1935 her hopes were to split China into three mutually hostile areas -- North China to be ruled by her own puppets, South China to be ruled by the Canton-Kwangsi warlords, to whom she offered advisers and airplanes, and Central China to be in the hands of a small and corrupt group in the Kuomintang after General Chiang Kai-shek, T. V. Soong, H. H. Kung and their associates had been ousted.

From early March onward there were disquieting reports about a secret agreement having been entered into between Japan and a small group in the Nanking Executive Yuan. Then Hu Han-min, one of the pillars of the party, resigned all his offices and departed for Europe. This gave rise to many rumors that Wang Ching-wei, now head of Japan's puppet regime in Nanking, was negotiating with the Japanese, and that Hu had departed rather than be even remotely associated with such treasonable activities.

Early in May a Frenchman who lived in the International Settlement began to peddle around what he called a document of first-rate international importance -- allegedly the agreement supposed to have been signed in February of that year by some traitorous Chinese in Nanking, with representatives of Japan and of Japan's puppet government of Manchoukuo.

This document, the Frenchman declared, had been secretly

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Book I. China Awakes 3
  • Book I. China Awakes 3
  • II - Imperialist Outpost 10
  • III - Chungking's Origins 16
  • IV - Summer of Discontent 35
  • V - Peking, Old Style 43
  • VI - A Plum Lands in My Lap 55
  • VII - Martial Interlude 66
  • VIII - Off to the Wars 73
  • IX - The Life That Was 89
  • X - Officially an Outcast 102
  • XI - A Truce and a Perfidy 120
  • XII - Intolerance and Deception 138
  • Book Ii. Japan Marches 147
  • Book Ii. Japan Marches 147
  • II - Pattern for Conquest 161
  • III - Dirty Yen and Itching Palms 174
  • IV - Thirty-Five Thousand Die 186
  • V - The Years Between 194
  • VI - Trying Conspiracy First 212
  • VII - Summer, 1936 217
  • VIII - Betrayal and Triumph 226
  • IX - Trouble with Moscow 236
  • X - Chiang Kai-Shek Listened 242
  • XI - Terror and Death 257
  • XII - Japan's Worst "Bad Boy" 268
  • XIII - The Heavy Hand of Power 286
  • XIV - Ominous Interlude 294
  • Book Iii. the World at War 301
  • Book Iii. the World at War 301
  • II - Faint Hope for Peace 311
  • III - Another Feeler 320
  • IV - The Nipps Get Nasty 324
  • V - Confusion in High Places 332
  • VI - Terrorism 336
  • VII - Plot and Counterplot 348
  • VIII - Disillusion and Dismay 354
  • IX - China for the Chinese 363
  • X - Europe Will Be Easy, by Comparison 375
  • Epilogue 383
  • Index 391
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