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2 6 BURMA AND THE BURMANS.
fore, is to give the warmest support to Siam in the shape of an alliance, and aid her in developing the country and executing reforms. The Shan nations on the north, up to the Chinese frontier, are already attracted towards Siam, and are willing to throw in their lot with her ; and China has less objections to our influence being paramount on her southern and western frontiers than she has to that of France.
With the independence of Siam throughout all parts of the kingdom, a cushion between French and English interests would be established, and all the obstacles to the development of trade with South-Western China and the intermediate states would vanish. Just now there is a hitch in French schemes in the extreme East, but this will be got over sooner or later, and the coming difficulty sketched above will then have to be faced by Great Britain. The sooner it is faced the better.
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