chapter  9
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Shanghai and Sanctions—2 1. The Manchester Guardian

THE attitude of the Manchester Guardian towards the question of sanctions during the Shanghai phase was substantially the same as in the preceding period. Its language, however, was on the whole more cautious, perhaps because it was no longer fighting almost a lone battle and because the prospects of “firmer action” against Japan appeared more favourable. Despite its previous criticisms of the League of Nations Union, the Guardian did not go much beyond the Union, if it went beyond at all, in advocacy of sanctions. It seemed content to support others rather than to give any lead; and it never came out with any specific demand for sanctions. On the other hand, it continued on occasions to use expressions which suggested that it would approve the most far-reaching action against Japan.