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Nanking Massacre

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In the chapter of Allies and Enemies In the Asia- Pacific War (1937- 45) in the book Making of the Rape of Nanking by Yoshida Tadashi, Yoshida illustrated the change of attitude of Chinese government toward the Nanking Massacre in 1938 during the League of Nations in Geneva. He argued “Because China’s principal appeal at the League of Nations was to European powers that could recall gas and air attacks from World War I, it made sense to emphasize similar current assaults by the Japanese military” (36), that the Chinese government condemned the usage of gas weapons and air attacks in the whole picture of atrocity of Japanese army cross the whole country instead of focussing solely on Nanking Massacre, is to catch the attention of delegates…show more content…
Wellington Koo, the delegate of Republic of China put Nanking Massacre at the central evidence of his speech, depicting the miserable state of Chinese civilians to condemn Japan and to call for the aid of other countries. However his argument was not rewarded with the attention of other countries, which made him and the government to give up using Nanking Massacre as the example of Japanese atrocity.
The second one is the Europe having enduring the calamity of chemical weapons during World War I was reason for the Chinese government to turn to stress the atrocity by giving the massive bombing and gas weapons caused by the Japanese army. As using the example of Nanking massacre was not effective, the government questioned if it was because the Nanking Massacre was not something the European delegates can relate to. As a result, they talked about the air attacks and gas weapons usage of Japanese army to try to appeal the European countries to feel the pain and to help China.
Instead of giving first hand narratives of the Nanking Massacre, this historical research article revealed how the Chinese government afterward view this
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