ANGLO - CHINESE FRIENDSHIP. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] BIR, — May I
suggest that the hour is opportune for the various bodies and persons interested in the development of Anglo- Chinese relations to co-operate with the view to obtaining from the Government their sympathetic consideration of the. question of the allocation of the Boxer indemnity ? Nothing has yet been decided upon, and the advisability of recommenda- tion of the remission of further payments to the contracting parties has not been the subject of discussion between the parties concerned.
America by agreeing to remission has on China's initiative had an influx of young intellectual Chinese students to attend her great Universities; whilst Great Britain, who has much to gain and an obligation in Eastern affairs, only has a mere sprinkling of Chinese either for the purpose of academic instruction or study at our workshops. The best means to ?remote knowledge and friendship is through trade and Appreciation of our institutions.
I would like to see some strong move made by the missionary And other social agencies in regard to China's welfare, and, huller, the allocation of the portion of Great Britain's share of the indemnity handed over to China for educational objects. China's role as a nation may take some time in maturing, but ii-eat Britain must not be inactive. She should endeavour to further an Anglo-Chinese Entente for the peace of the world based on mutual -nderstanding. Our function should be to render hospitality to yoking China by concerning ourselves with her problems. The average individual realizes little of China's future, and is still asleep to the existence of a mighty force, either for good or for evil. May I seek the publicity of your columns in directing attention to this matter F—I am,