From February 3 to March 3
THE LONDON NAVAL CONFERENCE
Conference in the Doldrums.—From the return of the French delegation to Paris in mid-February, quickly followed by the upset of the French cabinet, the London Naval Conference marked time. There was some discussion of special problems among British, American, and Japanese delegations, but it was apparent that the success of the conference, if it was to be measured by actual reductions, was dependent on some modification of the French program for building their Navy up to 725,000 tons by 1936. To meet this, the British naval requirements must be increased, with corresponding American increases on the postulate of parity. On the other hand, the French delegation made any reduction of their program contingent upon some sort of guarantee of increased security. No such guarantee could be of much value—nor could it be acceptable to England—without the inclusion of the United States. And however favorable a part of the American delegation might feel toward at least exploring the possibilities of such a guarantee, its chances of ratification by the United States Senate appeared remote.