BBC World Service program Witness History reporter Ben Henderson interviewed Mr. Pan Chia-sheng, who had lived in the occupied areas, to witness the changes in the security situation in Nanjing and the Japanese army before and after the establishment of Wang Jingwei’s government. The program was broadcast on January 24th, tune in now!
When Wang Jingwei established his government in Nanjing, he started negotiating with the Japanese, and they seemed to calm down a bit. There was no more killing in the city. Things were more peaceful. Before Wang’s regime, whenever you encountered a Japanese soldier on the street, you had to bow to him. If you didn’t, he would show you his blade and threaten you. But when Wang set up his government, you didn’t need to bow to them anymore.Pan Chia-sheng (Translated by Ben Henderson)
To understand the true reasons behind Wang Jingwei’s negotiations with the Japanese, it is necessary to refer to his own statements. The e-book and three-volume physical book edition of Wang Jingwei’s Political Discourse are now available. Order now!
The National Government will concentrate its efforts on establishing peace and improving the economy of the nation and the people. Once peace in prescribed regions is successful, nation-wide peace will come as a matter of course. Wang Jingwei (translated by T'ang Leang-li), “The Facts of Peace And Reconstruction,” in Fundamentals of National Salvation: a symposium, (Shanghai: China United Press, 1942) pp.203-227.
The map above shows the regions of China under Japanese occupation in 1940. If Nanjing was in such a situation, what was happening in other areas under occupation? Readers can listen to the personal account of Mr. Li Longbiao in Shantou to find out.
We thank Ben Henderson for uncovering this historical truth and express our gratitude to Mr. Pan Chia-sheng and other witnesses who, even after many years, are willing to share their firsthand experiences and restore the true history. If readers know of more witnesses who wish to share their testimonies, please contact us.