IX
CHINA FOR THE CHINESE

THE WAY of life and the status of the Americans and Europeans in China after the war will never again be what they were before the conflict was begun. For a century the white man rode high in Chinese cities, protected by extraterritoriality and with the prestige of the presence of his own armed forces on Chinese soil and his own warships in China's harbors and rivers.

The war has changed all that. Extraterritoriality has been given up; no longer will Americans and Europeans be exempt from Chinese laws and Chinese courts, and subject only to the statutes and judges of their own lands. But even more important in changing the status of the white man will be the lasting effect of the ignominy of having been soundly beaten and driven out by an Asiatic power. And the Chinese, having fought long and magnificently, and being inevitably among the victors and heady with the wine of triumph, will no longer brook the assumptions of superiority of the red-faced men from over the seas.

Every group of foreigners living in China after the war ends will have painful adjustments to make, and the old China hands in particular will find these adjustments most difficult. Those shortsighted people who imagine that Americans will necessarily enjoy a long popularity with the Chinese because of our belated participation in the war and our assistance in defeating Japan, forget World War I and its bitter aftermath. We helped

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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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