Vol. 16 (2009)

Qing China's Reaction to the 1874 Japanese Expedition to the Taiwanese Aboriginal Territories


Mizuno Norihito reexamines the Qing diplomatic and military responses to the Japanese expedition to Taiwan in 1874. The article begins with a close evaluation of the skepticism of Qing officials in the face of warnings of an impending Japanese expedition, and efforts by them to solicit the aid and pressure of Western governments against Japan. Mizuno then reviews the progress of the negotiations between the Japanese envoys, including Ōkubo Toshimichi, Qing officials such as Li Hongzhang, and British mediators that led to a diplomatic resolution to the crisis.