American Radio in China: International Encounters with by Michael A. Krysko

By Michael A. Krysko

Interwar period efforts to extend US radio into China floundered within the face of wrong US regulations and methods. located on the intersection of media reviews, expertise reports, and US overseas kin, this research frames the ill-fated radio tasks as symptomatic of an more and more stricken US-East Asian courting prior to the Pacific conflict.

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Japan’s Minister in China, Yoshizawa Kenkichi, took advantage of the continuing delays to try and intimidate the new Chinese regime with the threat of military action and a recall of loans. In Washington, the Japanese Ambassador Hanihara Masanao, who otherwise enjoyed a good relationship with Secretary of State Hughes, made it clear that the Japanese government had no intention of ever dropping its opposition to Federal. 39 The new Chinese Foreign Minister Gu Weijun [Wellington Koo] intervened with less than forty-eight hours to spare.

What the future of that country will be it is impossible to foresee,” Griggs warned. ”36 RCA was willing to take that risk. The two companies created the Federal Telegraph Company of Delaware. RCA controlled 70 percent of Delaware Federal’s stock, and held the right to name the chairman to the board of directors, which was otherwise evenly divided between RCA and the original Federal Telegraph Company of California. The California Federal Company then transferred its Chinese contractual rights to the new Delaware Company.

1 Jacob Gould Schurman, 1925 (National Photo Company Collection, Prints and Photograph Division, Library of Congress) the United States and Federal against Japan, China, and even Britain. Schurman’s dream of radiotelegraphy “increasing the intimacy of both Governments and the peoples of two nations”2 quickly soured as the Federal’s project fell victim to irreconcilable differences. The Federal debacle underscores a growing divide that plagued interwar era American- Chinese-Japanese relations. The machinations that surrounded the radio dispute highlighted the low regard with which the involved Americans held Chinese nationalism.

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