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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III RUSSIA Russ1a's policy in the Far East shows a marked contrast to that of Great Britain. The causes of this contrast lie in the differences in national character and governmental system of each.1 The administration of the Russian Empire under autocratic rule, resting nominally in the hands of the Tsar, was actually entrusted to a body of ministers and officers who were practically untrammeled in their action, and their freedom was restrained neither by the criticism of a free press, the influence of public opinion, nor the liability of being deprived of office by a parliamentary vote of censure. It follows that the Russian diplomatist was in a position to attain any object he may have had in view. . Russia has always contained statesmen who have guided her destinies along imperial lines; statesmen who have seen beyond many generations and whose grand and far-reaching policy, in spite of grievous errors in local administration, has made the Russian Empire what it was before the war. But their system was entirely opportunist, the method often without scruple. In her descent on Asiatic waters Russia has been impelled neither by the need of extended territory nor by the desire for commercial relations with other countries. Indeed Russia's trade with China was and is insignifi 1 The first point will be dealt with at the end of this chapter. 'cant and consists mainly of importing articles of Chinese manufacture into Russia, notably tea, silks and drugs. Her ambitions were political and her absorptions have Deen prompted partly by a craving for a seaboard, pardy by a political instinct of expansion, and partly by the personal ambitions of a few statesmen. It may be said that the designs of Russia in regard to #China first began to...
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