RUSSIA-JAPAN: Haggle's End

The odds on Peace in the Far East rose sharply last week. Japan and Soviet Russia had virtually reached the end of their huge haggle over the famed Chinese Eastern Railway. This road meandering for 1,000 mi. across the upper half of Japan's puppet state Manchukuo cost Tsarist Russia $400,000,000 (preWar) to build. Its normal annual profit from 1924 to 1930 was nearly 20,000,000 gold rubles* a year. Even in 1933, after Japan had seized Manchuria, it earned 11,500,000 rubles. It was shorter, by 3,300 mi., than the Trans-Siberian Railroad's great circle...

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