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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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The Navy and “China United”

The Navy and “China United”

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Diplomats in Blue

William Reynolds Braisted

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the so-called China United in 1929. The Chinese unity was celebrated after the fall of North China to the Nationalists and their allies, the establishment of the Nationalist capital at Nanking, and the entombment of the remains of Sun Yat-sen on Purple Mountain behind Nanking. The situation would have ended the role of the U.S. Navy in China as a peacekeeper and protector of American lives and property. However, Finance Minister T.V. Soong revealed that the Nanking government collected taxes only in four provinces of the lower Yangtze Valley and that it had neither sufficient funding to maintain nor the means to disband the soldiers who remained a source of continuing unrest.

Keywords:   China, unity, North China, Nationalists, Sun Yat-sen, U.S. Navy, T.V. Soong, tax collection, soldiers

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