25 JANUARY 1935, Page 21


• SIR,—The folkiwing appeared 'in your issue of the 4th hist. r " What she (Japan) is actually demanding is an arrangement which would give her unchallenged supremacy hr the Western Pacific. There might be circumstances in which that would be open to no more objection than Amerie,a`s supremacy in the Eastern Prieific. But for a nation with Japan's record in regard to China from the time of the twenty-one' points demand in 1915 down to the date when by her action in Man- churia she broke at once the League Covenant, the Kellogg Pact, and the Nine Power Treaty, the claim is untenable. This country and the United States must unite to resist it."

Would you say by what means Great Britain and the United States could resist this demand-short of going to war with Japan 2—Your obedient servant, [The demand is for equality at sea. (Japan already has a great superiority over this country on land and in the air.) Great Britain and America can resist the demand by continuing to maintain fleets substantially larger than Japan's.—En.

The Spectator.] •