Manchuria, the Cockpit of Asia

By Colonel P. T. Etherton; H. Hessell Tiltman | Go to book overview

CHAPTER IX
THE LEAGUE AND THE CRISIS

NO aspect of the Manchurian crisis occasioned such widespread and bitter controversy as the attempts of the Council of the League of Nations to effect a settlement of the dispute.

Both China and Japan are members of the League, both are signatories of the Washington Nine-Power Treaty and of the Kellogg Pact renouncing war. judged only by superficial facts, the problem confronting the League Council when China appealed to that body under Article XI of the League Covenant to "safeguard the peace of the nations," was simple. China, with her resources exhausted by civil war and disastrous floods and her armies incapable of putting up any real resistance to the advancing Japanese forces, requested the League of Nations to arbitrate in the dispute, thereby placing herself technically in the right. Japan, on the other hand, continued to invade ever increasing areas of Chinese territory, while her representative at the League Council paid lip service to the deliberations of that body--and delayed any decision by every means in his power.

That the task confronting the statesmen of the League was not so easy to solve as many critics of

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