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LETTER OF SUBMITTAL.
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE,
Washington, June 2, 1919. Sir: There is submitted herewith a report on the markets for railway materials, equipment, and supplies in China, Japan, Chosen (Korea), Manchuria, and the Philippine Islands, prepared by Trade Commissioner Frank Rhea. The information is in the same general form as that in Special Agents Series No. 156, "Railway Materials, Equipment, and Supplies in Australia and New Zealand.”
On account of its present importance and future possibilities, China is taken up first, at length and in detail. Japan is considered second, although in the future that country is likely to be a competitor of the United States rather than a customer. Chosen is third and Manchuria fourth. Although the latter is Chinese territory, it has very close relations with Japanese and Korean railways and business enterprises. This is particularly true with respect to the activities of the South Manchuria Railway Co., which is managed under the auspices of the Japanese Government. The administration of that company is a branch of the Colonial Department of the Empire. The Philippine Islands appear last, though the situation there, in Mr. Rhea's opinion, is far from the least important.
Particular attention is given to the Chinese Government Railways, especially the possibilities of selling them rolling stock, of which these lines have an entirely inadequate supply at the present time.
The report is so arranged that it should serve as a ready-reference manual covering the railways of all these countries. Respectfully,
B. S. CUTLER,
Director. To Hon. WILLIAM C. REDFIELD,
Secretary of Commerce.