THE ORIENT IN 1916: ITS INTEREST TO THE UNITED STATES
By Commander S.E. Moses, U.S. Navy
An American visiting the Orient in the opening days of 1916, and passing from Guam to the Philippines and northward along the coasts of China and Japan, might have observed conditions which are of peculiar interest to our country, as immediately affecting the distribution of our fleet, and suggesting certain pressing duties in the Orient.
Observation might suggest the advisability of some change in the employment of our cruisers in the Pacific, without in any way interfering with the plans of the battle fleet in the Atlantic. Being without any appreciable mercantile marine in Asiatic waters, the United States must look to its navy to strengthen those ties developed by foreign intercourse.