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Refugees in China Seen Aiding Economic Development

November 10, 1939
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Benjamin Wylie, director and general manager of the South China Morning Post and Hong Kong Telegraph, declared in an interview today that “the rehabilitation of Jewish refugees may have tremendously important significance on the whole life of China.”

“Shanghai is crowded with Jewish refugees from Central Europe, ” Wylie said “They are professional men and industrialists who have sought refuge there. And I believe that they will do tremendous things for China. I believe that they will properly industrialize the country; that they will teach the Chinese any number of skilled manufacturing processes. The Japanese are terribly afraid of this because the Chinese, with their lower standard of living, will be able to make things even more cheaply than the Japanese can.”

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