Foreign News: Necessary Action

For a few days last week the British Government persuaded itself that the worst of the Tientsin affair was over, that the Japanese, who had agreed to a conference at Tokyo, were willing to settle it as an isolated problem without discussing the fundamental issues—Britain's rights in her Chinese settlements and her privilege to help whom she pleases in the Sino-Japanese War. The British were heartened when the Japanese eased the blockade of the British Concession at Tientsin; partial milk delivery was resumed, food became more plentiful, and the stripping of British subjects...

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