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Diplomats in BlueU.S. Naval Officers in China, 1922-1933$
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William Reynolds Braisted

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032887

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032887.001.0001

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After Nanking

After Nanking

(p.140) 10 After Nanking
Diplomats in Blue

William Reynolds Braisted

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the American response to the Nanking incident which resulted in a fairly large number of casualties. The incident provoked no demands from Washington for an immediate punitive response and the government considered the situation in China was not serious. However, U.S. Minister to China John Van Antwerp MacMurray thought otherwise. MacMurray and his colleagues from Great Britain and Japan recommended to their respective governments that they present Chiang Kai-shek with three demands. These included an apology from the Nationalist commander in chief, punishment of the troop commanders and others responsible for the outrage, and reparation for personal injuries and material damage suffered by their nationals.

Keywords:   Nanking incident, John Van Antwerp MacMurray, Great Britain, Japan, Chiang Kai-shek, public apology, reparation, troop commanders

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