Ghosts of War: China’s Relations with Portugal in the Post-war Period, 1945–9

Helena F.S. Lopes

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-628
Number of pages28
JournalHistorical Research
Issue number265
Early online date17 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2021

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