By Michael A. Krysko
Interwar period efforts to extend US radio into China floundered within the face of wrong US guidelines and techniques. located on the intersection of media reports, know-how experiences, and US international family members, this research frames the ill-fated radio projects as symptomatic of an more and more stricken US-East Asian dating ahead of the Pacific conflict.
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Through his steadfast support of Federal until 1925, MacMurray himself antagonized Japanese concerns about their interests in northeast China, concerns that eventually fueled Japanese militarism. In this context, was long-term Japanese-American cooperation that MacMurray idealized, often seen as the main casualty of the Washington System’s demise, actually a realistic possibility? Ultimately, the Federal Telegraph Company squandered its opportunity in 1920s China. Rennie Schwerin and his US government allies relied on dated assumptions about China and consistently underestimated the power and legitimacy of Chinese nationalism.
70 The Federal debacle adds another layer to this interpretation. Pushing the Federal project during the 1920s alienated both Chinese and Japanese opinion. As such, Federal contributed additional strains to the ChineseJapanese-American relationship at the very time the Washington System began unraveling. John MacMurray, a chief proponent of explicitly shaping American policies toward cooperation with Japan, began the Federal Telegraph in 1920s China 41 decade as the State Department’s chief of Far Eastern affairs advocating firm US support of Federal.
At mid- decade, Federal Telegraph’s China ambitions were perilously close to demise. Locking the Open Door: Federal Telegraph in the shadow of the Washington system On Christmas Eve 1924, Japan proposed to the State Department a solution for the Federal stalemate. ” Supported by the British, the Japanese proposed a threefold cooperative structure in which Mitsui, Federal and Marconi would pool their rights. The day-to- day operation of wireless telegraphy within China would be placed under the control of the Chinese government, while the now-completed Mitsui station would handle the radio traffic out of Beijing.