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Rethinking the Chongqing Negotiations of 1945: Concession-making, the Trust/distrust Paradox, and the Biased Mediator in China's Post-war Transitions

Cheng, Victor Shiu

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This article rethinks what are perhaps the most important attempts at making peace in modern Chinese history: the first post-World War II peace talks convened in Chongqing, between the two old foes of the Chinese Civil War. Previous studies treat the peace conference as a sideshow to the subsequent full-scale civil war. Examining the political and military situation in China toward the end of World War II, this article argues that a peace agreement was needed for both parties. The core of the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorCheng, Victor Shiu
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-15T22:31:06Z
dc.identifier.issn2212-7445
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/222894
dc.description.abstractThis article rethinks what are perhaps the most important attempts at making peace in modern Chinese history: the first post-World War II peace talks convened in Chongqing, between the two old foes of the Chinese Civil War. Previous studies treat the peace conference as a sideshow to the subsequent full-scale civil war. Examining the political and military situation in China toward the end of World War II, this article argues that a peace agreement was needed for both parties. The core of the article examines the hitherto unexplored aspects around the negotiating table: the debate, disagreements and compromises and the American mediator's attempt to alter the dynamics of the peace talks from an inherently biased position. It finds that the history of the Chongqing negotiations is more important to our understanding of China's struggle between peace and war in the modern era than previously acknowledged.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherKoninklijke Brill
dc.rights© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2020
dc.sourceJournal of Chinese Military History
dc.subjectChongqing peace talks
dc.subjectChinese Civil War
dc.subjectconcession-making
dc.subjectbiased mediator
dc.subjectMao Zedong
dc.subjectChiang Kai-shek
dc.titleRethinking the Chongqing Negotiations of 1945: Concession-making, the Trust/distrust Paradox, and the Biased Mediator in China's Post-war Transitions
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume9
dc.date.issued2020
local.identifier.absfor210399 - Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4039804xPUB1
local.publisher.urlhttp://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/22127453
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationCheng, Victor Shiu, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage36
local.identifier.doi10.1163/22127453-BJA10004
local.identifier.absseo950502 - Understanding Asia's Past
dc.date.updated2020-11-08T07:21:31Z
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenance"The Accepted Version can be archived in a Non-Commercial Institutional Repository" from SHERPA/RoMEO site (as at 24/08/2021).
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