Japanese Militarism

5701 WordsFeb 2, 201323 Pages
Japanese Militarism The recent spat between Japan and China is the latest in a series of outbursts between the two nations. What started as a Chinese objection to Japanese interpretation of history especially with reference to the latter’s acts against China during the fourth quarter of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, has now snowballed into a major controversy which could threaten the fragile relationship between them. The current episode started simmering when the Chinese began circulating an online petition protesting against Japan’s bid for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council. A series of violent protest rallies were held in many Chinese cities. The protestors stoned vital Japanese business units as…show more content…
Next, she occupied and annexed Bonin Islands. Japan, now confident and strong after such annexations, launched an attack on China. Korea became a bone of contention between China and Japan. The political, strategic and economic factors pressed Japan to embark upon a career of conquest. In the Sino-Japanese War, Japan defeated China. Japanese military and naval victory over China marked the beginning of a new era in the Far East. The roar of the Japanese guns in the Yalu River Valley made the world sit up and take notice of the rise of a great power in the making. Militarism and imperialism were the direct results of the Japanese victory in the Sino-Japanese War of 1895. international scene. Further, Japan realised that the Western powers respected military might more than anything else. Thus, Japan decided to have an alliance with some European nation, so that she could enjoy the fruits of her future victory undisturbed by outside intervention. At the same time, the Russian menace in Persia (Iran), Afghanistan and in the Far East, German commercial and naval ambitions, and the division of Europe into two war camps, forced Britain to search for friends. Further, Britain opened China to West and maintained intense commercial relations with her. Now, Russia also showed interest in China and started dominating some portions in Manchuria. This activity
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