Chinese "auxiliaries" of Japan in Siberia?

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Chinese "auxiliaries" of Japan in Siberia?

Post by koczownik » 29 Aug 2018 17:45

I was browsing Google Books and found a statement in one book which I had never seen before:
The reactionary Peking government of Tuan Chi-jui signed under Japanese pressure a military convention with Japan on 16 May 1918 agreeing that Japanese and Chinese troops would be dispatched to Siberia under Japanese command 'against the Germans'. On August 30 the Tuan Chi-jui government declared that 'Chinese troops have been dispatched to Russia in order to join the Allies and for joint operations'. These troops did not take an independent part in the Allied intervention and were used by the Japanese as auxiliaries."
This is from "History of Economic Relations between Russia and China: From Modernization to Maoism" by M.I. Sladkovskii. I do not own this book so I can not see any more context about this passage. I have never heard about Chinese "auxiliary" troops of Japan during the intervention in Siberia. I know about the Chinese Labour Corps which worked for the Allies in WW1, but this book is talking about "troops", which sounds to me like something different, as though these were regular Chinese army soldiers. Can someone inform me on what this book is talking about?

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Re: Chinese "auxiliaries" of Japan in Siberia?

Post by jerryasher » 03 Sep 2018 21:43

You are correct not to mix the Chinese Labour Corps of 1916 -1922 with the deployment of a the multi national unit force dispatched to Siberia. In the later case, the Chinese force was under direct Japanese orders and while theoretically a combat unit was used and referred to as an auxiliary unit to the Japanese. This is in stark contrast to the American Expeditionary Army to France, where General John Pershing's primary mission was to preserve the independence and integrity of an American Army. I have more precise data, which I will keep an eye on and post when I run into it again in my notes. In some ways easier to understand as a political arrangement between Duna Qirui and the Japanese, than a "national" commitment within any coherent frame work of China's foreign policy.

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Re: Chinese "auxiliaries" of Japan in Siberia?

Post by koczownik » 03 Sep 2018 22:15

Thank you, whenever you get the chance to post your data, it would be interesting to read.

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