First Person

On Duty with the Shanghai Volunteer Police Force, 1937

Japan made the first move on the conquest of China and the ultimate domination of Asia. It also had in its sights French Indo-China, the Dutch East Indies and India. This idea was flaunted by all the Japanese papers in China. Japan wanted to fight because a recent tiff with Moscow, over the Amur River, had disclosed for the first time a Russian policy of conciliation—long thought of in these countries as the prerogative of the English. Conciliation is considered a weakness by Oriental people. Suddenly, Japan felt that Russia would not trouble it unduly along that frontier. There might…

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