Timelines for Sino-Japanese Incidents prior to the Pacific War  
   
  The Jinan Incident - April 1928 to May 1929  
  The Jinan Incident was an armed conflict between the Japanese Army allied with Northern Chinese warlords against the Kuomintang's southern army in Jinan, the capital of the northeastern coastal province of Shandong province in 1928 during the Kuomintang's Northern Expedition.  
   
  The Nakamura Incident - June 1931 to September 1931  
  The Nakamura Incident involved the execution of Imperial Japanese Army Captain Nakamura Shintaro and three others, on June 27, 1931 by Chinese soldiers in Manchuria. The Chinese believed that Nakamura’s party were spies. The incident strained relations between Japan and China and helped lead to the Mukden Incident where Japan invaded and occupied Manchuria.  
     
  The Mukden Incident - September 1931  
  The Mukden Incident was a staged event engineered by Japanese military personnel as a pretext for invading and occupying Manchuria in September 1931.  
   
  The First Battle of Shanghai - January - May, 1931  
  On January 18 five Japanese Buddhist monks were attacked by the Chinese in Shanghai on Jnaury 18, 1931 in an incident that led to a large riot. The Japanese demanded that the Chinese mayor of Shanghai yield to five demands, which he did on January 28. However later that day, Japanese forces attacked Chinese forces that had been massing around the city. This action began a battle that would last until the Japanese and Chinese signed a ceasefire agreement on May 5.  
     
  The 2nd Battle of Shanghai - August 1937 to November 1937  
  The Second Battle of Shanghai was the first of the twenty-two major engagements fought between the National Revolutionary Army of the Republic of China and the Imperial Japanese Army of the Empire of Japan during the Second Sino-Japanese War. It was one of the largest and bloodiest battles of the entire war. The battle began in August of 1937 and ended in November of that year.  
     
   
     
   
 

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