The Secret History of Sino-Japanese Relations: CCP & KMT's Post War Employment of Japanese Human Resources "Bai Tuan" and the Chiang's Changing Policies toward Japan

Xijun Lu, Professor of International Relations,Daito Bunka University

Working Language: Chinese

Since the release of diaries of Chiang Kai-shek, some popular media including Phoenix Satellite TV has reported how Chiang Kai-shek and the KMT authorities used "Bai Tuan", a group of former Japanese military officers, to aid military training in the 1950s. There have on-going debates on this issue ever since, especially on the Internet. In fact, not only Chiang Kai-shek and the KMT used the defeated Japanese, Mao and the CCP did as well. Nor was the beginning of this practice 1950. It was rather in 1945, the year when the War of Resistance against Japan ended, that both parties started to use the defeated Japanese. Professor Lu, who has been studying the employment of the defeated Japanese since 2002, will give us a talk on the following issues:

- The distinction between the staying Japanese and the employed Japanese
- How did the CCP use the Japanese?
- How did the KMT use the Japanese?
- Differences and similarities between CCP and KMT's policies toward Japan
- "Bai Tuan" and Chiang's turning point in the early years in Taiwan
- Implications of the study

Professor Lu got two Ph.Ds from the faculty of history at Fudan University and the faculty of law at Hitotsubashi University respectively. He was a professor at Japan's University of Shimane, and served as reviewer of the Japanese Association of International Relations, before his current professorship at Daito Bunka University. He is also director of the "China Politics and Diplomacy History" lecture series at Hitotsubashi University, distinguished research fellow at the Korean Studies Center at Fudan University, and visiting professor at the Center of ROC Studies at Nanjing University. He has been visiting at the Hoover Institution since April 2009. His main research interest is East Asian international relations and Sino-Japan diplomatic history. Many of his works are published in top journals such as Modern History Studies and History Studies. In recent years, Professor Lu has been chosen as head researcher for many important projects sponsored by various academic foundations including Japan Society for The Promotion of Science. This talk represents preliminary results from one of Professor Lu's on-going projects, "Japanese Human Resources And China's Post-War Reconstruction".

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | 7:30 pm — 9:00 pm
Meyer Library - Room 143, 560 Escondido Mall

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