By Michael A. Krysko
Interwar period efforts to extend US radio into China floundered within the face of wrong US guidelines and techniques. positioned on the intersection of media reports, expertise reports, and US overseas family, this examine 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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45 By the middle of 1924, negotiations broke down. 4 James G. 5 Owen D. ”49 Schwerin, however, dismissed the legitimacy of nationalist concerns and focused, instead, on what he saw as the behind-the-scenes machinations of the Japanese. In fact, Schwerin’s public rants against the Japanese raised serious concerns at RCA. The company, after all, did lucrative business with Japan. ” Schwerin’s diatribes not only made him look “bitter,” but they also coincided with RCA’s ongoing negotiations with Japan to extend an important contract with that country.
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. 39 The new Chinese Foreign Minister Gu Weijun [Wellington Koo] intervened with less than forty-eight hours to spare.
The Open Door’s allusion to a “special friendship” between a vulnerable China and a benevolent United States positioned against the more predatory powers also appealed to a significant constituency of missionaries and their supporters. To these people, the Open Door policy represented an American moral obligation to serve as China’s paternalistic defender and “civilizer” as they worked to Christianize the Chinese nation. 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.