6 January 2018

As the world was embroiled in yet another war, the United States again sought neutrality, while still protecting its interests. Negotiating with Japan over its abuses of China were complicated by conflicting economic and political interests by the two countries in Asia, and Japan’s alliance with Nazi Germany. The surprise attack on 7 December 1941, which came while Japan continued its diplomatic mission with the United States, drew America into World War 2, and in fact set the stage for Japan’s defeat.

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