Negotiated An Agreement With Japan Concerning The Future Of Korea
Korean historians believe that the United States recognized Japan`s sphere of influence in Korea during the discussions; In return, Japan recognized the U.S. sphere of influence in the Philippines. However, American historians who investigate official records report that no agreement has ever been reached – the two men have discussed recent events, but have not found any new policy or agreement. Both reaffirmed the well-known official policy of their own governments. In fact, Taft was very careful to point out that these are his private opinions, and he was not an official representative of the U.S. government (Taft was Minister of War, not Minister of Foreign Affairs).   For decades, the two countries have been arguing over how Japan should atone for its colonial past. This failure to expect past atrocities could have an economic effect that extends far beyond East Asia. For a more peaceful and prosperous future, countries must face history, however ugly they may be. There were three essential areas of understanding in the conversation.
First, Taft told Katsura that some pro-Russians in America publicly claimed that the recent war between Japan and Russia was a prelude to Japan`s aggression against the Philippines. Taft explained that Japan`s only interest in the Philippines would be to have governed these islands by a strong and friendly nation like the United States. Count Katsura firmly confirmed that this was Japan`s only interest in the Philippines, and it is already the case, Japan was not interested in the Philippines.  Second, Count Katsura stated that Japan`s policy in East and South-East Asia was to maintain general peace and that the means to achieve this was a good understanding between Japan, the United States and Great Britain.  Third, Count Katsura stated that it was the cause of the international complications that led to the war between Japan and Russia, because Korea`s autonomy led Korea to conclude agreements and agreements without care with other powers. Japan therefore felt obliged to rule out any possibility of Korean autonomy. Minister Taft said that the establishment of Japan`s sovereignty over Korea (i.e. the least powerful Korea would pay tribute or be controlled by the most powerful Japan), with the Japanese military ensuring that Korea does not enter into foreign treaties without Japan`s agreement is a logical consequence of the war and contributes to a lasting peace in the east.
Taft said his views were his, but he believed President Roosevelt agreed.  This treaty has successfully created a new economic relationship between Japan and South Korea. Japan has agreed to provide $800 million in grants and loans to Korea, while the South Korean government has waived its rights to demand formal reparations from Japan for colonial and war misuse against Japan. The Japanese were at war with Russia and had just destroyed two-thirds of the Russian naval fleet in their war against Korea in 1905. Japan`s victory was clearly imminent.  Roosevelt tried to get Russia and Japan to negotiate peace.  The United States had taken control of the Philippines from its war with Spain in 1898.