E. H. Harriman's Far Eastern Plans

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The Country Life Press, 1917 - East Asia - 46 pages

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Page 23 - Railway, acquired by the Japanese Government, and its appurtenances; the rehabilitation, equipment, reconstruction and extension of the same, and the completion and improvement of the terminals at Tairen (Dalny) ; and it is understood that the two parties are to have joint and equal ownership in the properties acquired. Permission to work coal mines (in connection with the railroad) to be given to a corporation by special agreement, in which there shall be joint interest and representation. The principle...
Page 6 - American capital, and make it the eastern part of his proposed transAsiatic line. Having secured this essential link, he intended to buy the Chinese Eastern, which he thought the Russians, having lost Port Arthur, would gladly sell, and then acquire transportation or trackage rights over the trans-Siberian and the Russian Government roads from North Manchuria to the coast of the Baltic Sea.
Page 29 - Ten days later, when Mr. Harriman had reached New York, he received the following cable message from Mr. J. Soyeda, president of the Industrial Bank of Japan: Tokyo, October 30, 1905 EH HARRIMAN, New York' Prime minister requests to forward following confidential message to you explanatory message handed you by Japanese consul San Francisco. "Having considered detailed report made by Minister Foreign Affairs on his return home, and having in view pacific attitude Chinese Government on railroad question,...
Page 33 - In the thwarting of Mr. Harriman's plans there seems to have been no intentional breach of faith on the part of the Tokyo authorities.
Page 39 - China agreed not to construct any main line in the neighborhood of and parallel to the South Manchuria Railway, or any branch line which might be prejudicial to its interests.
Page 4 - to save the commercial interests of the United States from being entirely wiped from the Pacific Ocean in the future," and "the way to find out what is best to be done is to start something.
Page 30 - As you are aware, Portsmouth treaty provides for consent of China regarding transfer to Japan of railroad property, and for agreement with Russia regulating connecting railroad service. Until agreements with China and Russia are concluded, impossible to determine precisely what rights and properties are included in the transfer, or what earning capacity of railroad is likely to be. Without full knowledge on these points impossible to make definite arrangements for working railroad and property which...
Page 37 - I2th is impracticable. There is at the present time a very strong anticoncession wave sweeping over China. The Government are endeavoring, by hook or by crook, to get back the grants already made. They cancel the concessions in case of default in any direction, and they buy back the grants if no grounds for cancellation exist. In this frame of mind, and being unable to cancel or repurchase the Manchurian concessions, it is more than likely that China will gladly take the one half interest in the...
Page 28 - Harriman, with his mind full of plans for the future, arrived in San Francisco, he received from the Japanese consul there the following note : "I beg to inform you that I have been instructed by Count Katsura, of my Government, to deliver the following message to you immediately upon your arrival in San Francisco: "'The Japanese Government have found it necessary to institute a more...
Page 23 - On October 12, 1906, Harriman signed a ' Memorandum of Preliminary Understanding ' with Count Katsura as follows : 'A syndicate to be formed to provide capital for the South Manchurian Railway, acquired by the Japanese Government, and its appurtenances: the rehabilitation, equipment, reconstruction, and extension of the same and the completion and improvement of the terminals at Dairen (Dalny); and it is understood that the two parties are to have joint and equal ownership in the properties 32 See...

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