Creation of Manchukuo

China's Nanjing Decade

East Asia 1932.0218

Creation of Manchukuo

The Northern Expedition, early Chinese Civil War, and Japanese incursions into China (18 February 1932)

Historical Map of East Asia & the Western Pacific

The Japanese Army, moving without orders from the government in Tokyo, used the Mukden Incident as an excuse to invade Manchuria. Chiang Kaishek was preoccupied with fighting the Communists and unable to stop them. In February, with the Japanese conquest all but complete, Manchuria was declared independent as the puppet state of Manchukuo.

Main Events

Japanese invasion of Manchuria

Following the Mukden Incident, the Kwantung Army of the Empire of Japan invades Manchuria - the semi-independent northeast provinces of the Republic of China under the governorship of Zhang Xueliang. After occupying the southern provinces of Liaoning and Kirin, the Japanese advance north into Heilongjiang, completing its conquest in February 1932.

January 28 Incident

Japanese launch attack on Shanghai

Japanese back independence of Manchuria as Manchukuo

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