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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 8 (February 1, 1933)



Pending the arrival of the Democratic regime, it is likely that the Senate will not help the House of Representatives to rush the subject, but sooner or later it will have to be faced. The bedrock question is whether self-determination is a right of every unit—a right to be realised immediately—or whether each case calls for its own specific treatment according to practical rather than academic rules. Irak passing from a mandated status to membership of the League of Nations is one glimpse of the evolution of racial units. A united China (lacking in unity) provides another and a quite different aspect. Very significantly, in opposing the House, Mr. Hoover “pointed to the chaotic situation in the Orient,” where China and Japan have quite different notions as to what constitutes “self-determination” in Manchuria. Some people would make India like China, and some would make China like India.