China and the Far East

China and the Far East

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China and the Far East

China and the Far East

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"The Pacific Ocean, its shores, its islands, and the vast region beyond, will become the chief theater of events in the world's great Hereafter"--this was a prophecy of William H. Seward, fifty years ago. In our own time, Theodore Roosevelt has expressed the same belief: "The Mediterranean era," he says, "died with the discovery of America. The Atlantic era is now at the height of its development and must soon exhaust the resources at its command. The Pacific era, destined to be the greatest of all, . . . is just at the dawn."

If this be true, if the Pacific is to be the center of the world's interest, then whatever vitally affects the countries on the Asiatic side of the Pacific--the lands which make up the Far East--must be of fundamental importance in the development of the world's civilization. And there is a movement of vital importance taking place in the Far East: there is a change going on which constitutes an epoch of much the same significance in the Orient as was the period of the French Revolution in the history of Europe. The Far East is coming to the stage of constitutional self-government. This means that each of the great countries of that part of the world will eventually control at least its own local affairs; and control them by a government in which the people shall express themselves by constitutional methods.

This advance is merely in accord with the natural law of political evolution, as is clearly shown by the history of Europe. From the fall of the Roman empire to the . . .

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