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Foreign Interference Between
Tho Nichi Nicld "Chimbun, referring
that and Franco
havo, combiliod to opposo tho
acquisition of torritory by Japan
oh the Continent of Asia, writes a
tomporato but dignified article,
to tho' effect thnt tho throb Powors
in r(uoetion having no common
intorosts to protect in tho Far
East, tho joint action attributed
to them could scarcoly bo recon
ciled with- anv nrinciolo of in
ternational justico, and that,
under any circumstances, Japan,
guided by what Js fairly her duo,
must pursuo her path without
foa'r or hesitation, not soliciting
unwilling osslstanco' or dreading
Bo numerous aro tho rumors
recently circulated, and bo
obviously basoloss have thoy
bo'on in almost ovory case, that
wo have shrufak from tho task of
attempting to refute thom, trusting
that public iutolligonto would
not fail to disoriminalo hctwoen
tho oxtravngancos of sensational
nowsmongers and tho proceedings
of prudent statosmon. It must bo
obvious, to ovory thoughtful person
that all titlo to oredonco is t
once forfoitod by writors blind
ouough to boliovo, for o sample, J
tho oxtromoly silly, canard of an
offensivo and dofonsivo allianco
betwoon Japan and China; a
canard lipon which columns of
journalistic common t havo boon
oxponded. Tho commonost exorcise
of reflection should protoot
.tho public against being, worried
by'dissertations on such impossibilities.
But wo cannot dismiss
tho latest rumor as incredible,
neithor can wo entirely follow tho
reasoning of tho Nichi Nicld
Ohiynbun on tho subjoct. Tho
motives underlying the .a'ctions of
European Powers in the Oriont
will pfton bo overlooked if wo .sook,
for them only in tho Orient.,
Russia's caso, indood, Booms
simple enough, It cannot
bo protended, of course, that
the acquisition of tho
Peninsula by Japan directly
conoorns the groat Northorn Power
in the smallest degree By a
delicate chain of indirect hypotheses
Russia could profess to
porsuado hersolf that, in somo
dimly remote future, hor own
southward growth or Japan's
northward expansion might involve,
mutual contact in Manchuria;
But such an oxtromoly
tenuous contention could nover
bo magnified into a solid ploa for
armed intervention botwoon China
and Japan at the present
Russia's real position is
much loss recondite, In Europo
and in Asia alike she is urged by
the same doBiro tho dosiro of
finding a southern outlot. It is
a porfectly natural dosiro, and
among Englishmon n sentiment
is growing that to hold such n
purposo iu forced check is
ant) therefore unwarrantable.
But Groat Britain's policy
has boon infloxiblo in this
Sho has always striven to
keep Russia baok, not booauso
sho ontortains any ouronic
jealousy of anothor Power's
development, but booauso, owing
to Russia's illiberal ooramoroial
policy, ovory extension of hor
sway signiGos a corresponding
shrinkage of BritiBh trade. In
tho For East tho routo of Russia's
southward growth lies through
Chuia and Koroa, and it
foro conduoes host to her interoSts
that neither of those Statos
should develop strongth to oflbr a
serious barrier to hor progress.
On tho other hand, nothing could
bo less unwplcome to hor than tho
interposition of a strong and warlike
Pbwor betwoon hor present
restricted frontiers and tho
natural goal of hor expansion,
Honco Japan, as sho has now
shown horaolf, is an apparition
that Russia, would' fain bxoroiso.
Japan, stretching ono arm into
Koroa and placing tho tips of tho
othor hand's fingers upon Bouthorn
Manchuria, might ono day prosont
a rigid barrior to Russia's southward
march, and although that
southward maroh may still bo a
romoto contingonc', it must bo
inoludod in tho calculations of
statosmon; Honco it
is easy to conooivo a Russian
motivo for attempting to upset
the recently conoluded Ohino.
Japanese Treaty. Wo do not
protond to find fault with hor
attempt, Nothing seems to us
more contomptiblo than tho too
constant habit of railing against
Russian nggrossion, whilo ovcry
European Power oxhibits
tho samo tondohoy, if only
opportunity ofibrs. A difforout
oxplanation suggests itself for
Gormany's if it bo
truo thatsho is Tho
policy, inaugurated at Borlin by
Priuco Bismirok, did not ohango
with his rotirompnt from office.
It remains to this day the aim of
Gormun Btatosmon totrpnsfor tho
dlama of Etiropoan dissensions .to
an Oriontal stago So long as
Russia's uttontron is diverted to
Constantinople or to tho Far
East, hor iufiuonco on tho
EUropoan problora loses much of
its incohvonionoo for Germany.
Wo havo no difficulty, tboroforo,
in imagining that tho latter
Power might act in concort with
tho form or at tho present orisis,
not beoauso tho torms obtainod
by Japan from GhinaJ have tho
loast practical intorost on their
own account for Gormany, but
because it suits tho purpose of
tho statosmon in Borlin to find
occupation for Russia in theso
romoto regions. Franco, ou tho
othor hand, may bo influoncod by
hor entente with Russia, and may
also bo attracted by tho idoa of
softening tho bittornoss of hor
relations with Got many by rowing
in the samo boat with hor
under whatovor circumstancos.
It is, of course, within tho
of tho Cabinot iif Paris to
dpvjso a plea for interfering between
Japan and tho acquisition
of Formosa, but as to tho iuolusion
of the Liaotung Poninsula among
Japan's possessions, no exbroiso
of diplomatic ingonuity could
establish n connection betwoen
that event and French interests.
Tho oonsidorations sot down
hore, dispose us to differ from tho
Nichi Nichi Shivibun'a conclusion
that no intolligiblo reasons exist
for a combination of Russia, Gormany
and Franco, at tho prosont
crisis of tho Far Eastern affair;
But although tho influonco of tho
throo Powers might possibly bo
oxortod so as to save China from
somo of tho consoquenoos of hor
dofeat, nobody can imagine for
an instant thatniiy ono of thethreo
would raiso a finger iu China's
dofonce for China's sako. Wo
need not elaborate thnt point.
Sueli procedure as tho telegraph
aBBigns to Russia, Franco and
Germany, could not misloud
China in tho smallest' dogroo,
ana woum lurnisu to Japan a
useful , object lesson as to tho
value set upon hor friendship and
tho regard paid to hor logitimato
claims by certain Governments.
"Wo do not, for our own part,
imagino that tho issue of suoh a
combination would bo vto soften
tho situation in any respect for
China. Its consequence would
bo morely to divort h portion of
the Hpolia belli from tho Power to
whioh thoy, belong by right of
conquest to a Power not yet
prepared to a acquire thorn in that
manner. But whatever may
be tho result, thoro oan bo no
question about Great Briton's
It has recently ploasod
somo of our countrymen in tho
East to roprosont tho sudden
growth of Japau's national staturo
as 'a menaco to England, and to
gird at tho Btatosmon in Downing-street
booauso they havo not
to chock this unlookod
for development of an Oriontal
Power. Thoy fail to perooivo
that tho intoiosts of Groat Britain
and Japan aro convergent, and
that though petty 'misunderstandings
momentarily Boparato tho'
two, tho inovitable trond of
evonts must ultimately foroo thoir
foot into tho samo path,
Russia gains at this orisis
will certainly not be to England's
advantago, and whatovor strongth
Japan acquires will cortainly not
faoilitato Russia's exit southward.
A wiso disorofion, theroforo, has
induced Groat Britain to stand
aloof from tho combination now
said to throaton Japan Tho faot
may well bo commended to tho
consideration not only of tho
thomsolvos, but also of tho
British journalistic agitators
whoso jealousy of Japan efl'ootur
ally blinds thom to tho truo interests
of their own country.
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