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News Under FireChina's Propaganda against Japan in the English-Language Press, 1928-1941$
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Shuge Wei

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390618

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390618.001.0001

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Beyond the Front Line

Beyond the Front Line

The Jinan Incident

(p.46) 2 Beyond the Front Line
News Under Fire

Shuge Wei

Hong Kong University Press

Chapter 2 examines China and Japan’s confrontation in the English-language press during the Jinan Incident in May 1928. Japan’s swift, consistent and intensive reporting about the event drowned out China’s voice in both the treaty-port and metropolitan papers. But what contributed to Japan’s victory of the propaganda battle was not only its sophisticated news network, but also the favorable context of international public opinion. Japanese-controlled media portrayed Chinese troops as looters, and established Japan as a defender of imperial interests in China. The Nationalist government’s propaganda efforts, in contrast, were hindered by factional struggles among the top leaders, and the anti-foreign tradition of the Nationalist Party.

Keywords:   Jinan Incident, Nanjing Incident (1927), Tōhō news agency, treaty-port press, metropolitan opinion

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