New PDF release: American Radio in China: International Encounters with

By Michael A. Krysko

ISBN-10: 0230252664

ISBN-13: 9780230252660

Interwar period efforts to extend US radio into China floundered within the face of mistaken US guidelines and ways. positioned on the intersection of media reviews, know-how experiences, and US overseas kin, this learn frames the ill-fated radio projects as symptomatic of an more and more afflicted US-East Asian courting sooner than the Pacific warfare.

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Concurrently, a deep faith in scientific and technological progress had become interwoven with the ideals of the Open Door in the minds of many Americans who had embraced the Progressive Era’s notion that scientific knowledge and the work of experts could create more efficient, equitable, and prosperous societies throughout the world. That notion meshed nicely with the concern for troubled China’s welfare implied in the Open Door ideal. Many Progressive reformers and reform-minded officials called for American assistance in the reform and development of China.

38 At this vulnerable juncture, Japan made it clear that regardless of the Washington Conference agreements, it did not intend to allow Federal to go forward. Japan’s Minister in China, Yoshizawa Kenkichi, took advantage of the continuing delays to try and intimidate the new Chinese regime with the threat of military action and a recall of loans. In Washington, the Japanese Ambassador Hanihara Masanao, who otherwise enjoyed a good relationship with Secretary of State Hughes, made it clear that the Japanese government had no intention of ever dropping its opposition to Federal.

In the end, Chiang Kai-shek prevailed over his rivals. Nonetheless, his government remained committed to defending ITT against the nowunpopular RCA for pragmatic political purposes. A victory over RCA at The Hague promised to confirm the Chinese state’s overall authority and the particular authority of the Ministry of Communications over China’s international communications. The ITT contract’s origins as a means to challenge Chiang’s authority within the government mattered little once Chiang and his cohort realized they could use the contract to their own advantage.

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