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Ghosts of war: China’s relations with Portugal in the post-war period, 1945-49

Lopes, Helena F. S. 2021. Ghosts of war: China’s relations with Portugal in the post-war period, 1945-49. Historical Research 94 (265) , pp. 601-628. 10.1093/hisres/htab020

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This article investigates the ways in which the legacies of the Second World War shaped Sino-Portuguese relations during the final years of Nationalist rule in mainland China. It argues that Portugal’s wartime neutrality exacerbated the ambiguities of its centuries-old presence in China and that these ambiguities were decisive in shaping political and diplomatic manoeuvring in the post-war period. As a victorious power China sought to affirm its sovereignty when dealing with Portugal on issues such as the handling of Japanese property, the extradition of suspects of war crimes and collaboration, and the abolition of extraterritoriality. Disagreements over these reflected both countries’ attempts to assert sovereignty through the ability to serve justice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 1468-2281
Funders: Leverhulme Trust (ECF-2020-514), Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (SFRH/ BD/93872/2013), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AH/K503198/1)
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 February 2023
Date of Acceptance: 29 March 2021
Last Modified: 03 May 2023 08:15

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