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W. G. Beasley

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198221685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198221685.001.0001

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Overseas Trade and Investment, 1895–1930

Overseas Trade and Investment, 1895–1930

(p.122) 9 Overseas Trade and Investment, 1895–1930
Japanese Imperialism 1894–1945

W. G. Beasley

Oxford University Press

By the end of the first decade of the twentieth century, Japan had established for itself a position of advantage in relation to its neighbours in much the same way as the Western powers had done. It opted for a narrow interpretation of national economic advantage in this context, which did not accord easily with the co-operative emphasis implicit in the China treaties. Disagreements about the interpretation of phrases such as the Open Door and equal opportunity became frequent. In the end, Japan turned away from the treaty port system almost entirely, seeking to co-ordinate economic policy within its formal and informal empires in such a way as to devise an international structure in East Asia that would better suit its needs. This development formed an important part of the story of Japanese imperialism after 1930.

Keywords:   foreign trade, colonial trade, foreign investment, Japan, China treaties, East Asia

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