Quotation by William Howard Taft

I need not tell you of the inadequacy of the American shipping marine on the Pacific Coast.... For this reason it seems to me that there is no subject to which Congress can better devote its attention in the coming session than the passage of a bill which shall encourage our merchant marine in such a way as to establish American lines directly between New York and the eastern ports and South American ports, and both our Pacific Coast ports and the Orient and the Philippines.
William Howard Taft (1857–1930), U.S. president. Address at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific exposition, Seattle, Washington, September 29, 1909. Presidential Addresses and State Papers of William Howard Taft, March 4, 1909, to March 4, 1910, 1: 288, Doubleday, Page & Company (1910).

Taft referred to the "awakening" of China and of great competition from Japan.
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