An Introduction to Political Economy by R Page Arnot

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The author shows in particular chat personal and factional rivalries among the Nation· alists weakened the action of this lobby at the very time when its support was most needed. cs· tion of Formosa: sec Tsou 1 963: 527-38. " Cohen, Warren I. 1 980: 29-30. � Dtpartment oJState Bulktin, January 16, 1 959, p. 79, quoted in Tsou 1 963: 5 3 1 . " Cohen, Warren I. 1 980: 26-32 and 43. " Barrett 1 988: 1 30- 1 . 29 FRAGMENTS OF AN UNFINISHED WAR any political commitment to Chiang Kai-shek so as to detach the PRC from the Soviet orbit or, failing that, to encourage the 'liberal reformists' to take power in Taiwan.

19 According to Phillips, 'In mid- 1 946, none of the eight heads of administrative offices and only twenty-two of the top 296 government officials on the island were Taiwan­ ese. Moreover, islanders made up only a small portion of mid-level officials in the various departments. Opportunities for employment and influence at all levels declined after the war as the bureaucracy shrank from 85,000 persons (including Japanese and Taiwanese) in 1 944 to 44,000 in 1 946. The Nationalists sent about 28,000 officials to the island.

39 Lai, Myers and Wei 1 99 1 : 1 39 - 1 40 . , Phillips 2003, 85. �1 'Those who thought like the Japanese and opposed us were young people under 35 years of age, most of whom did not know anything about China and only looked down on the Chinese, soiled the cultural system of China, and considered that noth­ ing was as good as the Japanese. ' Remarks made by Chen Yi cited in Lai, Myers and Wei 1 99 1 : 1 39. " Phillips 2003, 83. H Founded clandestinely in the French Concession in Shanghai on April 1 5, 1 928, the Taiwanese Communist Party suffered from its dual subordination to the CCP and the Japanese Communist Party: established as a national section of the latter under the leadership of the Cominccrn, the Taiwanese Communist Party was under the de facto leadership of the CCP and this dual allegiance fostered factionalism within the Taiwanese parry.

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