State Of The Union Address - 1907 Theodore Roosvelt

I ask for authority to reform the agreement with China under which the indemnity of 1900 was fixed, by remitting and cancelling the obligation of China for the payment of all that part of the stipulated indemnity which is in excess of the sum of eleven million, six hundred and fifty-five thousand, four hundred and ninety-two dollars and sixty-nine cents, and interest at four per cent. After the rescue of the foreign legations in Peking during the Boxer troubles in 1900 the Powers required from China the payment of equitable indemnities to the several nations, and the final protocol under which the troops were withdrawn, signed at Peking, September 7, 1901, fixed the amount of this indemnity allotted to the United States at over $20,000,000, and China paid, up to and including the 1st day of June last, a little over $6,000,000. It was the first intention of this Government at the proper time, when all claims had been presented and all expenses ascertained as fully as possible, to revise the estimates and account, and as a proof of sincere friendship for China voluntarily to release that country from its legal liability for all payments in excess of the sum which should prove to be necessary for actual indemnity to the United States and its citizens.

This Nation should help in every practicable way in the education of the Chinese people, so that the vast and populous Empire of China may gradually adapt itself to modern conditions. One way of doing this is by promoting the coming of Chinese students to this country and making it attractive to them to take courses at our universities and higher educational institutions. Our educators should, so far as possible, take concerted action toward this end.


是时十二月二十八日,以国务卿鲁特(Elihu Root)之进言,总统罗期福下令曰:(上略)准此则美国政府除确实费用及一切损失赔偿一十一兆六十五万元零之外,所余十二兆余美金,实为浮数,受之有惭德,应以之退还中国,以全友谊。惟中国自一九零一年七月一日至一九零九年正月一日,共已付若千金,于此一十一兆六十五万元之数,尚不足九兆六十四万元有奇,其自一九零九年正月一日以后,于中国每年分付之赔款内,留其若干份以凑足此九兆余元之数,而分其若干份,以归还中国。