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Through the Looking GlassChina's Foreign Journalists from Opium Wars to Mao$
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Paul French

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099821

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099821.001.0001

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Interregnum — End of a War, Start of a Revolution

Interregnum — End of a War, Start of a Revolution

(p.249) 11 Interregnum — End of a War, Start of a Revolution
Through the Looking Glass

Paul French

Hong Kong University Press

As the war against Japan ended, renewed civil war erupted between the Nationalists and Communists. For those who had been active in the press corps before the war, the writing was clearly on the wall, though they didn't always immediately see it and tried to restart life as before. Peace and a certain normality returned in Hong Kong but on the Mainland a new war was raging for control of China. With the end of the war in the Pacific and the liberation of Shanghai, a new crop of journalists arrived. Their journey was ultimately to be a different one from that of those who covered China in the first half of the century. Some found reporting on the Communist advance a dangerous and potentially lethal occupation. The chaos of the civil war also attracted a few chancers to China. After the Battle of Xuzhou, the Generalissimo had realised that his military position was hopeless but he was not prepared to surrender. The chapter discusses the problems for those who “lost China”, as well as the end of the Old China Press Corps.

Keywords:   China Press Corps, Japan, war, Battle of Xuzhou, Generalissimo, Hong Kong, liberation, Shanghai

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