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Both Yang and Chin could be described favorably as "cautious" or unfavorably as "suspicious" in their dealings with foreigners. According to Sven Hedin: "Chin hated foreigners. He took a cynical pleasure in tripping them up, in hindering or frustrating their endeavors . . Marshal Yang had decided that a house should be placed at the disposal of the expedition so long as it remained in Sinkiang, arguing that our work was of benefit to the development of the province. For this house Chin demanded an unreasonable rent, which he made retroactive.

He then had their families moved into his own reSIdential quarters. Shortly afterward, when he had to e~te~n an inspector from the Peking Ministry of Educabon, he mVlted all 53 12 This story is told by Hsieh Pin, in his Account of Travels in Sinkiang, Shanghai, 1925, p. 135' (in Chinese). The author was the inspector from Peking who was present at the feast. l3 W. Bosshard, "Politics and Trade in Central Asia:' in Journal of the Central Asian SOciety, London, 1929, Vol. 16, pt. 4, 438; also Hsieh Pin, op.

In October 1937 Sheng told Tu Chung-yuan, a former fellow student in Japan who was then working with him in Urumchi, that he knew of Japanese intelligence agents in the Moslem strongholds of Ninghsia and Ch'inghai (Kokonor) -Chinese frontier provinces adjOining Inner Mongolia and Tibet - and that Japanese remittances to Sinkiang through the coastal Treaty Port of Tientsin in recent months had amounted to more than three million yen. He believed that another ten million yen or more would be sent into Sinkiang.

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