• J. Scott Keltie
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Government.—The reigning Emperor, whose surname is Yi and name Chök, was born March 25, 1874, and succeeded his father, Yi Hiung, on his abdication, July 20, 1907. He is reckoned as the thirty-first in succession since the founding of the present dynasty in 1392 ; but four of the so-called Kings were Crown Princes who never ascended the throne. By the treaty of Shimonoseki, May, 1895, China renounced her claim on Korea, and under Japanese influence many reforms were introduced. On February 23, 1904, an agreement was signed at Seoul on behalf of Japan and Korea, the Japanese Government undertaking to ensure the safety of the Korean Imperial House and guaranteeing the independence and territorial integrity of the country, while the Korean Government, placing full confidence in the Japanese Government, agreed to adopt Japanese advice with respect to administrative improvements.


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