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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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Friend or Foe

Friend or Foe

The Amō Doctrine

(p.162) 6 Friend or Foe
News Under Fire

Shuge Wei

Hong Kong University Press

Chapter 6 employs discourse analysis of the response to the statement of the Amō Doctrine (1934) in the English-language press as a case study to reflect a highly contentious and disunited media environment during the appeasement period. Periodicals operated by different political groups in China expressed diverse views about Japan’s plan of domination in Asia. The multiple voices reflected the struggles among the Nationalist leaders in devising an effective policy to deal with Japan’s coercion. Equally disturbed by the rivalry between the state and the military, however, Japanese-controlled papers also failed to provide a definite interpretation of the statement. Japan’s ambiguous position further estranged the treaty-port audience whose suspicion of its imperial plan in China grew stronger. The metropolitan papers, again, reacted differently from the treaty-port press by evincing little interest in reading into the Doctrine.

Keywords:   The Amō Statement, appeasement policy, treaty-port press, metropolitan opinion, Naval Conference, League of Nations

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