Opium as an International Problem: The Geneva Conferences

Opium as an International Problem: The Geneva Conferences

Opium as an International Problem: The Geneva Conferences

Opium as an International Problem: The Geneva Conferences

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Although not official in character, the present volume is in the nature of a report upon the work of the two Opium Conferences recently held in Geneva, Switzerland. In this respect the volume resembles the one published by the author in 1922 under the title China at the Conference, in which an account was given of the work of the Limitation of Armaments Conference at Washington in so far as it related to political conditions in the Far East. In that Conference the author served as Technical Expert to the Chinese Delegation and, therefore, had full opportunity to become acquainted, in detail, with the work of that important international meeting. So, also, in regard to the two Geneva Conferences reported upon in the present volume, the author has been able to study their proceedings from the inside, since he served the Chinese Delegation as Counsellor and Expert.

Being in the nature of a report, the policy has been pursued of reproducing textually the more important statements made by the several Delegations.

Honorable Stephen G. Porter, who had led the fight in the United States for the control of the use of opium and habit-forming drugs, and who so ably represented the United States as its chief delegate at the Second Geneva Conference, has kindly permitted the author to use as an introduction to the present volume portions of an address delivered by him in the House of Representatives.

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