- Apr 28, 2012
To Right Honorable Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
My Lord of Salisbury,
Hearing of you as a man of great mind and reason, a sound nobleman and a public servant, We have decided to address you personally.
Today My realm, your homeland and the Empire of Russia currently have the honor of being the pioneers of the European expansion in China. Currently We have the upper hand there – and therefore now there are two roads. Either we indulge in petty competiveness that would only hinder our successes and lead to other players emerging in this area. Or we work out a united strategy and fair divison of profits and spheres of influence that would benefit all three countries and let them, in fact, dominate in the European-Chinese trade and be the main agents of the West in this region.
For this reason We believe that it would be useful for the representatives of our three realms to meet and discreetly discuss the Chinese question.
We would be glad to hear from your government.
To His Royal Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain
It would indeed benefit the profits of our three nations to conglomerate together and monopolize the trade in China. However, I feel this deal will be more beneficial for the nations of Russia and Spain then it would be for the United Kingdom. You see, the United Kingdom's influence over China is far more reaching then the Russian's or your Kingdom's influence. We own more ports, and thus we own more trade. The United Kingdom would find it unfair to its own interests to split its obviously bigger earnings in China between two "lesser" powers in the region. The United Kingdom though will discuss the possibility of monopolization under the condition that it leads all future joint-endeavors between the three nations in regards to China due to its superior position in the country.
-Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland