Japanese Policy in North China
From Our Russian Correspondent The Brussels Conference of Nine Powers has been very cautious in the matter of peace-making in the Far East, as the outstanding successes of the Japanese forces have once more demonstrated the efficiency of the Japanese rank and file and the skilful tactics of the high command.
The occupation of Pao-Tao effected apparently without difficulty by the Northern Army is of paramount importance, for its object is the organisation of Mongolia against the Soviet usurpers in Outer Mongolia. Rumours were current that the Soviets had decided to give independence to Outer Mongolia whereby Russian forces might fight the Japanese under Mongolian colours without Russia being involved in an open conflict,
Hopes of Independence
But whilst these plans are still in project, Japan is already organising Inner Mongolia as an independent state, as it actually was before the advent in China of the Manchurian dynasty. The fall of this dynasty awakened in Mongolia hopes of a new independence, therefore Japan's offer is being acclaimed in the three provinces of Jehol, Chahar and Suiyaan.
The Mongolian princely families, dispossessed by the Communists in Outer Mongolia, are oulyetoo happy to revenge themselves upon the Muscovite invaders and will certainly be supported by the powerful Buddhist clergy whose privileges had been abolished by the atheists.
As a result of their campaign the Japanese have occupied a vast territory of some 90,000 square miles and have firmly established themselves in Mongolia and Northern China so as to intercept all possible communications between Chinese and Russian Communists. They are now able on behalf of a reunited Mongolia to threaten the Siberian railway at its most vulnerable point, all this being effected without the slightest interference on the part of Soviet Russia.
Japanese Weakness and Strength
The position of the Japanese in China and Mongolia is not without risks, their forces are inadequately small and stretched out on enormous distances, so an active guerilla warfare by the Chinese could render the Japenrse position untenable.