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By Xiaoyuan Liu

A Partnership of disease examines the American-Chinese overseas coverage making plans in international conflict II for decolonizing the japanese Empire and controlling Japan after the warfare. The learn unearths how their disagreements on many concrete matters avoided the 2 governments from forging an efficient partnership. between those concerns have been the function of the Soviet Union and the that means of Asian nationalism. on the war's finish, the successful Allies have been neither in cooperation between themselves nor capable of focus on the upheavals in Asia.

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Instead, the divergence between the RC's postwar planning and the bilateral orientation of Chongqing's wartime foreign policy reflected a bewildering question facing the Chinese government during the war: what international identity should be sought by China after the war? In other words, should China stand with small and weak states of the world and seek a new world organization that would be able to represent and protect their interests as equal member states, or should China join the big powers' club that would make the rules for the rest of the world?

42 Nevertheless, the Waijiaobu had one great advantage with which the RC could not compete: its direct contact with the other Allied governments. Soong and other spokesmen for the Foreign Ministry could legitimately express to the outside world their opinions on wartime and postwar issues. These views were usually interpreted by the Allies as representative of China's official position. At the same time, the RC staff could only distill their ideas behind closed doors and await their chance to be heard.

Such bedlam at the end of this war could be averted through wartime consultations among the Allies. In Roosevelt's opinion, by discussing postwar issues in an exploratory way, the leaders of the principal Allied powers would become familiar with one another's postwar intentions. Then they would not be caught by surprise if the war came to a sudden conclusion. 59 Although Chiang Kaishek was at first flattered by the intimacy of his personal contact with the American president, eventually he could not fail to realize that Roosevelt's informal approach worked to Chongqing's disadvantage.

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