LONDON, April 15
Tho "Daily News," in a Mg6rou.v leader, demands that the Peace Conference shall rectify the colossal wrong under which China is suffering, owing to the Japanese refusal to quit Shantung. ■ This raises one of the gravest problems at present before the world, involving the whole, future of the Far East. China's grievance is unanswerable. Japan, whose services to the' Allies were inconsiderable, was extremely vigorous in the capture of Kaio-chou. Japanese troops landed 150 miles outside leased German territory, disregarding international law, which the British respected. The whole Shantung peninsula was occupied, also the entire railway. They refused to withdraw from Shantung after the fall of Kaio-chou. Japan then presented her famous Twenty Points, demanding power to officer tho army,-, control the police, finance the mines, and manufacture firearms. China .under pressure, agreed. Japan to-day is practically master of Northern China. A grave danger is that the Chinese may fall into Japanese hartds and bo exploited and militarised. This would mean the closing of her vast resources and inexhaustible markets to Europe and America. The emergence of a new military system of incalculable dimensions would overshadow Asia, and perhaps wreck the world. _ The moment to deal with the menace is now. If it is allowed to develop it can never -be overtaken. The silence hitherto maintained regarding Japan must cease and the issue be faced. The clear' principle is that China belongs to the < Chinese arid Japan must go.
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CHINA'S GRIEVANCES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9590, 22 April 1919
CHINA'S GRIEVANCES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9590, 22 April 1919
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