Main Idea- Japan has their own plans to seize other countries for natural resources
Japan blew up small section of Manchurian railroad but blamed it on China in order to justify taking Manchuria with rapid military advances Japanese were happy with conquest since 30 million Chinese were living in an area larger than Japan Manchuria offered many valuable resources Japan now wants to conquer more and expand
• Established control over eastern part of Inner Mongolia• Takes over areas in North China around Beijing• Military held upper hand and connected to politics via government
Chiang Kai-shek aims to avoid war with Japan so they can focus on war on Chinese Communists He allows Japan to govern areas in north China Japan moves further south and faced opposition in Chinese cities Chiang stops fighting the Communists to focus on Japan Japan seized Chinese capital of Nanjing Chiang refused to surrender and continued to move capital Japan kept following destroying everything in its path China refused to surrender and endeared suffering throughout the course of the war
Japan wants China to join New Order in East Asia ▪ Consists of Japan, Manchuria, and China would guide areas to prosperity Seize Soviet Siberia (rich resources) Wants to makes alliance with Germany so they can take over the Soviet Union and divide resources Germany makes nonaggression pact with Soviet Union and Japan reconsiders plan Japan now focuses on raw materials in Southeast Asia so they can defeat the Soviet Union
• Japan buys oil & scrap iron from US• US warns Japan to stop expanding into SE Asia, or US will impose economic sanction (stop trading)• Dilemma – expand or trade?• Decision – attack US & Eur colonies in SE Asia – Thinking this will force the US to trade & allow Japan to expand
Motive – RAW MATERIALS Justified taking over Manchuria with trick plan –blew up Chinese railroad Chiang Kai-shek aims to avoid war with Japan so they can focus on war on Chinese Communists He allows Japan to govern areas in north China Japan wants China to join New Order in East Asia ▪ Consists of Japan, Manchuria, and China Japan attacks US thinking it will force US’s hand to trade w/ them. – WRONG!!!