American Diplomacy and Strategy toward Korea and Northeast by Seung-young Kim (auth.)

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Instead, it machinated to consolidate its grip on Manchuria through a series of bilateral agreements with China. 3 By that time, the United States also shared a common interest with Japan in keeping Open Door in Manchuria. Thus, with the support of Britain and the United States, Japan sought to induce the withdrawal of Russian troops and to keep Manchurian ports and cities open to all powers’ economic activities. 7 But the situation looked exactly the opposite in Russia, though it did not consider a war with Japan as an imminent possibility.

But the State Department pointed out that such a move could complicate US relations with European powers and could undermine its own commitment to the Open Door principle. At that moment, Rockhill heard from Allen about several magnificent harbors in Korea; thus he suggested securing a Korean harbor. Hay also concurred with Rockhill and forwarded Rockhill’s suggestion to the Navy, thus the Navy started a site survey of several Korean ports by sending admiral Frederick Rogers. Rogers recommended Sylbia Bay, close to Masampo on the southern coast of Korea as the most suitable port.

During Roosevelt’s presidency, the foreign policy bureaucracy in Washington was quite amateurish, yet he was well supported by a small group of highly able senior officials. William Rockhill was the expert on Asian affairs in the administration. 49 Rockhill also had a brief experience in Seoul as Charge d’Affaires during the winter of 1886. But during that winter he was alarmed by the naked clash of imperialism over Korea and developed a very low opinion of the country. Later he wrote: “Korea is the place .

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