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Cession of Taiwan

Cession of Taiwan

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In the latter half of the 19th century, Japan conducted a series of modernizing reforms based on the experiences of the Europeans and Americans. In addition, in order to break free from the grasp of Western imperialism, as well as to ensure its own national safety and interests, Japan started a process of external expansion. After the Japanese Empire defeated the Qing Empire of China in the first Sino-Japanese War, Japan successfully took over Taiwan, with Li Jing-Fang and Kabayama Sukenori - the representative of the Qing Government and the first Japanese Governor General - carrying out the diplomatic handover of Taiwan on the Japanese ship “Yokohama” in the offshore waters of Taiwan. This caused an uproar on the island, and people were ready to resist the unwelcome foreign rulers.

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