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Diplomacy with Southern China


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Diplomacy was one of the necessary things leaders of nations needed to know how to do and Emperor Brian was no exception. For years he had been handling relationships with foreign powers and now the time came again where he and his top diplomatic expert and head of the Grand Council Galen would need to travel to the foreign nations and talk with their leaders to make sure everything was proceeding smoothly.

 

“Things are starting to get unstable here in Asia Galen and we need to make sure that we are left standing when this is all over. While I head to Japan to secure an alliance with the Japanese Empire you will head to Southern China where their leaders are expecting to meet with us. We all want to see a united China but the only way that will work peacefully is if we are all treated as equals. However if they are unwilling to accept that one condition we will need allies to hold them off if they decide to attack and right now the only ones who would be able to help us do that is Japan which is why I will soon be going to Tokyo to secure an alliance with them. The fate of our free nation and that of all of China rests on what we are about to do and we must not fail or it will be all of China that eventually pays the price.”

 

Galen would be in his personal convoy heading to the Southern Chinese Capital City to meet with their leaders and hopefully secure peace and prosperity throughout the region. 

 

To Huang Lingyin,

 

My name is Galen and I represent the Shanghai Government as the elected leader of the Grand Council (equivalent of the Speaker of the House and Vice President) and I wish to speak with you concerning our 2 great nations bringing the promise of peace and prosperity to all of China. Just like you we wish to help peacefully unify all of China as equals and are willing to help in any way we can.

 

Sincerely,
Galen Yi

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A reply would be sent back, to tell the Shabhai envoy that he would be awaited in Xi'an, the now capital of the Republic. Residing within the Tang-era Daming palace, the President Huang Lingyin and a select few members of her cabinet would await the guest. In contrast to the Empress in the north, Huang was much more modest, and while the President did reside in a former Imperial palace, she made much less of a pretense to be a monarch of sorts. Galen would be led not into the palace itself, but into the lush gardens.

 

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Under a green willow, a table had been prepared, to which Galen would be led. President Huang Lingyin, wearing a simple black suit with a dark blue tie, would stand up to greet the envoy, once she saw the guest. "Good Day, Mister Yi. I hope you had a pleasant journey from the coast, all the way to the banks of the Wei river. But, while I shall pour us some Oolong tea, please say, what brings you here?" Her hair tied into twintails, the Supreme Chairman of the Kuomintang would look at Galen Yi with quite some interest, her smile even baring one of her canine teeth, as the small president went to fill the envoy's cup with tea.

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Galem simply smiled as he accepted the tea. While occasionally sipping from it he would answer th President's questions.

 

"I am here to discuss open trade and perhaps even an open alliance between our 2 great nations. Like you we also hope to one day see China once again unified where we are all allies and equals against any and all foreigners who would try to destroy us. My Emperor wants to see this dream become a reality and all he asks in return is that the people and government of Shanghai are seen and treated as equals."

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Huang would stop smiling, as soon as the first sentence of Yi was finished. What she had heard did not resound well within her and indeed, she would voice her concerns, as she gave Yi her reply together with his tea cup. "Mister yi, I first must ask what you want to imply with your notion of 'two great nations'? I would hope that Shanghai still sees itself as part of the Chinese nation, given it is populated by members of all five races that make up the Chinese nation. To state there are two great nations within China would imply Shanghai somehow seeks to not be part of the Chinese nation. I would like to remind you, that the Republic of China follows a One-China policy.There is only one Chinese nation and there ought to be no division in it. In so far, I do share the wish of your Emperor of a unified China, but it must be clear that we are utterly unwilling to recognise a partition of China. That is not a declaration that the Republic will exterminate Shanghai, goodness, a Nanjing Massacre by Chinese on Chinese, where would we end? No, no, relations between our governments can be established, just that we would like to see it as two governments of the same nation, not of seperate ones."

 

Carefully, Huang poured her own cup now. "So, Mister Yi, how would Shanghai think that an alliance work, between equals? I hope you do consider that to combine all of China, we have two Empires and one Republic."

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"OK it seems I did indeed not choose my words carefully on that first sentance. I can agree with you that seeing China as ONE great nation is something my Emperor would also agree with so long as we are all treated as equals. How we would make that become a reality we would need to think very carefully about. Both of our governments want to see China as one great nation, that much is certain. But when there are 3 different nations in control of it currently it will become very hard to unify us all under one banner where everyone is considered equal without making someone unhappy, even if it isn't us. Right now we are open to listening to any options you might have. Please tell me what is your idea to make this ONE unified Chinese nation a reality?" Galen asked as he continued to sip his tea.

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Huang too sipped from her cup of oolong tea, before coming up with a response. "To unite the three governments that control one nation, I think, all three of us would have to find a compromise on how to reunite this country into one Great China. This would of course mean, that each of us will have to give up certain matters, so that it indeed is a Union of equals, not of clear winners and losers. I could personally see a Unified China as a China that is indeed unified as one nation under one government, acting as one and not as three seperate parts. To this end, it is clear, the Republic would be unable to preserve republican rule in the face of two monarchies. If however this would lead to a united China, if the Three Principles of the People, democracy, nationalism and proper livelihood is still respected and a solution be found on how to solve the matter of two Imperial thrones, I'm sure we could agree to a constitutional monarchy. But that would still need the approval of you and Beijing."

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"It seems our governments are not as different as I once thought. We to seek to make sure those 3 Principals are followed just as they are today. The main government of Shanghai is still elected through the people and I was elected to be the leader of the Council. Right now the Emperor of more of a nationalist figurehead to make sure the moral of our people remains high and has been known to lead our people into battle just like national rulers of the past. Honestly I can say I do not know much about our neibor in the north but if they can agree to keeping the 3 main Principals of Democracy, Nationalism, and Prosperity our main goals than I am sure we will be able to come up with an agreement."

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Huang would nod sagely, upon hearing Yi's reply. "Well, I shall inform the Empire about this matter, any reply shall be forwarded to you. Our Republic has been founded on these Three Principles of the People, we would not give them up. For now, we see this as an expression of our mutual goodwill and I wish you well. The Republic of China shall strive for unification peacefully, altough we will see to it, that any threat to the overall Chinese territorial integrity or political sovereignity is being dealt with to the best of our abilities. I would hope that puts Shanghai more at ease. Now, if you want, you can leave, once you finished your cup of tea, unless you still want to discuss anything?"

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Galen would thank the President and finish his cup of tea. He would then bow to the President and leave with the rest of his escort bodyguards and head back to Shanghai and await the time where he would be ready to meet with the Empress of Northern China.

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