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Rogers, Hon. Will. Jr.
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The speaker's contention that what we do in the Pacific after this war is far more important than what we do in Europe, and why he believes this to be so. Asia about to take a great leap across the centuries, from medievalism to modernity. Population changes in the next 20 to 40 years. The lack of preparation by the Western Nations for the changes that will occur. The possibility of establishing a stable basis for international cooperation and trade between the Oriental and Occidental nations, and upon what that depends. Assumptions for a discussion of United States Policy in the Pacific: that the Japanese war will be won; that the U.S. will participate in Pacific affairs with sufficient energy and tenacity to carry out a policy; that co-operation between the four key powers, Russia, the U.S., China, and England, is possible. Five points that the speaker believes should be incorporated in a U.S. Foreign Policy in the Pacific, with a discussion of each. First, that the U.S. and the United Nations should issue a declaration embodying the principle of equality of all races and peoples. Second, that the U.S. should work for a strong, unified China. Third, a weak Japan. Fourth, that when quarrels arise between the Imperial Powers and their colonies in the Pacific, the U.S. should not take the side of the Imperial Powers. Fifth, Hawaii should become a State of the Union, and the U.S. should take over the Japanese Mandated Islands, and the Bonin Islands. The issue of an international organization in the Pacific, or elsewhere. The responsibility that will belong to the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and all of South America after the war in terms of the Pacific.