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History Of The Chinese Eastern Railway

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Russia was given the right to construct the Chinese Eastern Railway. Russia desired the line to be a State Railway but China's opposition to such a status was so strong that Russia was obliged to give way. The land traversed by the line was to be Russian property over which Russia had full sovereignty. China had no obligations in building or running the line. At the time of construction of the Chinese Eastern Railway no right was given to the Russians to set up the telegraph system. Chinese efforts to prevail upon the Russians to stop activities availed little. At length the Russians agreed to pay to China two cents royalty for every word sent. By the eleventh year of the Republic the Waichaopu indicated to Russia the too small sum of royalty annually brought to China and hoped for a revision of the rate.

Keywords: Chinese eastern railway; Russia; telegraph system

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