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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2023 8:41 p.m. PST

… Extent?

"In the late 19th century, as China declined in the face of internal struggles and foreign intrusion, Japan was on the rise. As the world moved on to the 20th century, China's loss of influence over Korea and the stunning victory of Japan in the Sino-Japanese War confirmed that China was no longer the premier power in the Pacific…"

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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2023 12:51 a.m. PST

Occupy and control are two very different things. China was Japan's "Bleeding Ulcer" throughout the 30s and earlier 40s. Just look at the sheer numbers of soldiers serving there rather than in SEA or the Pacific

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2023 10:34 a.m. PST

There is a thin book entitled China in Maps that you might find useful if you can find a copy. It basically traces the history of China through easy-to-read maps. I had a copy as a college student in the 1970s; I don't know if it's still in print.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2023 3:27 p.m. PST



HMS Exeter08 Mar 2023 8:09 p.m. PST

Any such maps will be of limited use without maps providing context re the areas under occupation. There were huge tracks of China that were far from any Japanese presence, but many of them were so remote, so inhospitable and so sparsely populated as to be irrelevant.

A map covering the absolute percentage of land under occupation and/or percentage of population in said areas can instruct the total asset loss to China, but will be of dubious value in light of China's efforts to relocate, replicate and exploit what was available in the areas they retained.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2023 3:41 p.m. PST



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