VI. The World Wars and the Interwar Period, 1914–1945 > K. World War II, 1939–1945 > 13. The War in Asia, 1939–1941
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13. The War in Asia, 1939–1941
1939
 
Economic penetration and military intervention enabled the Japanese to bring a widening area of China under their control after 1931, and especially after 1937. They forced the Chinese Nationalists to establish a new capital at Chongqing (See Nov. 20). At the same time, the outbreak of war in Europe compelled the British, French, and Soviet governments to concentrate their forces in that quarter, and left the United States the only great power in a position to oppose Japanese expansion.  1
 
Dec. 31
 
Russia and Japan reached an accord concerning the renewal of fishing rights and the settlement of debt claims between Russia and Manchukuo.  2
 
 
 
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