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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 Main Gate

The Main Gate

Shanghai and the Yangtze Delta

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Diplomats in Blue

William Reynolds Braisted

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the role of the Asiatic Fleet in protecting the Yangtze River delta and Shanghai, the most important maritime gateway to China during the interwar years. The Fleet's ability to preserve Shanghai as a safe sanctuary was tested when a crisis broke out in 1924 over who would control the Kiangnan Arsenal. The warlord of Kiangsu, Marshal Chi Hsieh-yuan claimed that the arsenal, forts, and all of Kiangsu province occupied by Chekiang troops should be restored to Nanking's control.

Keywords:   Asiatic Fleet, Yangtze River Delta, Shanghai, China, Kiangnan Arsenal, Kiangsu, Chi Hsieh-yuan, warlord, Chekiang troops, Nanking

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