With reference to the causes of the Second World War answer the following:
How did the Japanese invasion of China create conditions for the outbreak of the war?
The Japanese policy of imperial expansion was another important cause for the outbreak of the Second World War. In pursuance of its imperialistic ambitions, Japan intervened in Manchuria in 1931, occupied it and set up a government despite the League of Nation’s opposition. The Japanese also started an undeclared war against China in the same year. Despite China’s cries of help, the League of Nations took no action. Japan also joined the Berlin-Rome-Tokyo Axis to further its policy of conquest and expansion. In 1933, it left the League of Nations and began to occupy British and American properties in China. Still, the leading members of the League continued their policy of appeasement. Thus, this chronology of events contributed significantly to the eventual outbreak of the Second World War.