By Michael A. Krysko
Interwar period efforts to extend US radio into China floundered within the face of incorrect US guidelines and techniques. positioned on the intersection of media stories, know-how stories, and US overseas kinfolk, this learn frames the ill-fated radio tasks as symptomatic of an more and more US-East Asian dating sooner than the Pacific struggle.
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To RCA, the risks appeared manageable. 34 Moreover, Federal’s contract and the subsequent bond agreement appeared legally sound. 35 From RCA’s perspective, Chinese instability posed the biggest risk. China’s persistently turbulent domestic situation had flared up once again in 1922, and Griggs wondered what would happen to the contracts if the current regime fell. What if, Griggs speculated, the latest insurrection left the contracts at the mercy provincial governments not beholden to international obligations?
Even pro-American Chinese officials had to distance themselves from the controversial project. Consequently, Federal and its government supporters alienated enough of influential Chinese and Japanese opinion to doom its once promising project. ” During the autumn and winter of 1921–22, the “Great Powers,” including the United States and Japan, met in the US capitol to negotiate disarmament in Asia, economic opportunity in China, and the restoration of Chinese sovereignty. As the concurring Federal controversy illustrates, the signatories to the resulting treaties proved unable to reconcile their respective long-term self-interests with the cooperative framework to which they pledged themselves.
Japan’s Minister in China, Yoshizawa Kenkichi, took advantage of the continuing delays to try and intimidate the new Chinese regime with the threat of military action and a recall of loans. In Washington, the Japanese Ambassador Hanihara Masanao, who otherwise enjoyed a good relationship with Secretary of State Hughes, made it clear that the Japanese government had no intention of ever dropping its opposition to Federal. 39 The new Chinese Foreign Minister Gu Weijun [Wellington Koo] intervened with less than forty-eight hours to spare.
American Radio in China: International Encounters with Technology and Communications, 1919-41 (Palgrave Studies in the History) by Michael A. Krysko