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British Maritime Strategy East of Suez, 1900-2000: Influence by Greg Kennedy

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82. ADM 125/110, Lucas to War Office, 9 Oct. 1900; FO 881/7471X, Wei-hai-Wei Order-in-Council, 24 July 1901; Attwell, British Mandarins, 38. 83. Brodrick to Selborne, 11 Jan. 1901, Selborne Mss 26. 84. , Hicks Beach to Selborne, 13 Jan. 1901. 85. WO 32/8244, minute Roberts, 13 Mar. 1901. 86. Minute Roberts, 13 Mar. 1901, Selborne Mss 26. 87. PRO 30/60/36, memo Brodrick, ‘Wei-hai-Wei’, 19 Mar. W. Balfour Mss, PRO. Although marked for circulation to the Cabinet, there is no copy of this memorandum among the Cabinet Papers.

If its commerce was not fully developed, then neither was Hong Kong’s in the early years of British rule. Indeed, that thriving trading place was without railway link to the mainland. Lucas suggested that a new 99-year lease, backdated to 1898, should be negotiated with Peking. 104 To strengthen the department’s position in the Whitehall battle for retention, the Colonial Office made use of plans by the major China trader Jardine, Matheson and Co. to establish a bean-cake industry in the leasehold.

Weihaiwei’, in A. ), Twentieth Century Impressions of Hongkong, Shanghai, and other Treaty Ports of China (London: Lloyd’s Greater Britain Publishing, 1908), 773–7. 97. , dep. Monk Bretton 98. 98. CO 521/4/20823, Lockhart to Chamberlain (no. 25), 13 Apr. 1902; FO 405/135/163, Lucas to Foreign Office, 11 Sept. 1903; S. Airlie, Thistle and Bamboo: The Life and Times of Sir James Stewart-Lockhart (Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 1989), 124–46; A. ’, Economic History Review, 46 (1993), 243–6.

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