China 1930-31


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Important group of letters from Edward Ingram, a British diplomat who was charge d’affaires in Peking, under Íir Miles Lampson, later Lord Killearn as from 1943 then full Counsellor in Peking while resident in Shanghai and Nanking where the Chinese Government resided. The letters are from Ingram to his mother in London. They refer to dialogue, both formal and informal, between Ingram and T.V. Soong , a prominent politician and businessman. Soong’s brothers-in- law were Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Generalissimo Chiang Kai – shek and financier H.H. Kung. At the time of these letters T.V. Soong was Governor of the Central Bank of China (1928-34) and Minister of Finance (1928-33). The friendship between Ingram and T.V. Soong was pivotal as China developed. Ingram moved on to Rome between 1935 and 1937 as charge d’affaires then returned to the Foreign Office in London. In 1939 he joined the Ministry of Economic Warfare as diplomatic adviser taking charge of the foreign relations side of the policy of blockade against Nazi Germany. Ingram sadly was killed in May 1941aged 51 by enemy action while fire watching from his home at 56 Curzon Street, Westminster during the German Blitz on London. T.V. Soong (or Soong Tzu – wen) (1894-1971) was a prominent businessman and politician in China. After his political success as Minister of Finance (1928-33) and Governor of the Central Bank of China (1928-34) Soong established the China Development Finance Corporation (CDFC) in 1934 with other prominent financial figures such as H.H. Kung. CDFC provided China’s Chief Access to foreign investment for the next decade. President Chiang Kai-Shek appointed Soong to Washington in 1940 as his personal representative. His task was to win support for China’s war with Japan. Soong successfully negotiated substantial loans for this purpose. After Pearl Harbour, Chiang appointed Soong Minister of Foreign Affairs, though Soong remained in Washington to arrange the alliance with both the U.S. and U.K. Soong left his legacy as head of the Chinese delegation to the United Nations Conference in San Francisco in 1945. Soong was a pivotal China hand and stayed in the U.S. after the collapse of Nationalist China and the revolution of the Communists in 1947. Soong died in San Francisco California in 1971. These six letters and covers are an important part of history and the dialogue between Ingram, as British Charge d’ Affaires and T.V. Soong as Finance Minister played a key role in sustaining China and ensuring the positive development of its people. Six letters.