East Hebei Autonomous Government

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East Hebei Autonomous Government

冀東防共自治政府
Jìdōng Fánggòng Zìzhì Zhèngfǔ
Kitō Bōkyō Jichi Seifu
1935–1938
Flag of East Hebei Government
Map of East Hebei Autonomous Government
Map of East Hebei Autonomous Government
StatusPuppet state of the Empire of Japan
CapitalTongzhou (now Tongzhou, Beijing)
Common languagesMandarin
GovernmentRepublic under a one-party state
Chairman 
• 1935-1937
Yin Ju-keng
Historical eraSecond Sino-Japanese War
• Formed
25 November 1935
29 July 1937
• Dissolved
1 February 1938
Area
19378,200 km2 (3,200 sq mi)
Population
• 1937
6,000,000
CurrencyChi Tung Bank-issued yuan, on par with Japanese yen and Manchukuo yen
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Republic of China
Provisional Government of the Republic of China
Today part of China
  Beijing
  Hebei

The East Hebei Autonomous Government (Chinese: 冀東防共自治政府; pinyin: Jìdōng Fánggòng Zìzhì Zhèngfǔ),[1] also known as the East Ji Autonomous Government and the East Hebei Autonomous Anti-Communist Government, was a short-lived late-1930s state in northern China. It has been described by historians as either a Japanese puppet state or a buffer state.

History[edit]

East Hebei Autonomous Government Building.

After the creation of Manchukuo and subsequent military action by the Imperial Japanese Army, which brought Northeastern China east of the Great Wall under Japanese control, the Empire of Japan and the Republic of China signed the Tanggu Truce, which established a demilitarised zone south of the Great Wall, extending from Tianjin to Beiping (Peking). Under the terms of the truce and the subsequent He-Umezu Agreement of 1935, this demilitarized zone was also purged of the political and military influence of the Kuomintang government of China.

On 15 November 1935, the local Chinese administrator of the 22 counties in Hopei province, Yin Ju-keng, proclaimed the territories under his control to be autonomous. Ten days later, on 25 November, he proclaimed them to be independent of the Republic of China and to have their capital at Tongzhou. The new government immediately signed economic and military treaties with Japan. The Demilitarized Zone Peace Preservation Corps that had been created by the Tanggu Truce was disbanded and reorganized as the East Hopei Army with Japanese military support. The Japanese goal was to establish a buffer zone between Manchukuo and China, but the pro-Japanese collaborationist regime was seen as an affront by the Chinese government and a violation of the Tanggu Truce.

Japanese Propaganda, Unarmed zone in East Hebei.

The East Hebei Autonomous government received a response in the form of Gen. Song Zheyuan's Hebei-Chahar Political Government, which was under the Nanjing government, launched on 18 December 1935.[2][3] Chinese soldiers remained in the area.[4]

In July 1936, a peasant uprising against the East Hebei Autonomous Government broke out in Miyun District. Led by an old Taoist priest, the rebels were organized by the Yellow Sand Society and managed to defeat an East Hopei Army unit that was sent to suppress them.[5] Thereafter, the Imperial Japanese Army mobilized to quell the uprising, defeating the peasant rebels by September. About 300 Yellow Sand insurgents were killed or wounded in the fighting.[6]

The East Hebei government survived the Tungchow mutiny in late July 1937 before being absorbed into the collaborationist Provisional Government of China in February 1938.

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Japanese Kitō Bōkyō Jichi Seifu (冀東防共自治政府)
  2. ^ Shizhang Hu (1 January 1995). Stanley K. Hornbeck and the Open Door Policy, 1919-1937. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 213–. ISBN 978-0-313-29394-8.
  3. ^ Michael A. Barnhart (14 February 2013). Japan Prepares for Total War: The Search for Economic Security, 1919–1941. Cornell University Press. pp. 42–. ISBN 0-8014-6845-0.
  4. ^ Great Britain. Foreign Office (1984). Documents on British Foreign Policy, 1919-1939. H.M. Stationery Office. p. 16.
  5. ^ Morning Tribune Staff (1936), p. 9.
  6. ^ The China Monthly Review Staff (1936), p. 473.

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Coordinates: 39°48′N 116°48′E / 39.800°N 116.800°E / 39.800; 116.800