What Wilson Did at Paris

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CHAPTER XI
THE SHANTUNG SETTLEMENT AND THE PRESI-
DENT'S RELATION TO IT: REASONS WHY IT HAD
TO BE MADE: SHARP DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE
CHINESE

THE Japanese, as I have said, were in a very strong position at the Peace Conference. At a dark moment of the war, the spring of 1917, the British and French, in order to sharpen Japanese support of the allied cause, made private agreements to sustain the claims of Japan at the Peace Conference to German rights in Shantung. It thus happened, in the Council of Three, for Orlando had then gone home, that two of the powers, Great Britain and France, were bound by their pledged word to Japan. Indeed, the British argued that they felt themselves indebted to the Japanese not only as a long-friendly ally but for helping to keep the Pacific free of the enemy while Australian troops were being transported to Europe and thus relieving a great burden for

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