It is evident, therefore, that the best plan for China would be to work with the material available and perfect whatever system she has, in consonance with the established traditions. Although she might have to borrow, in order to bring about an effective reform in her currency, China must in the end rely upon only her own resources. Thus any scheme of reform should take into consideration the local national wealth, which is almost entirely in silver. The Government has its first duty to its own people; and, on no account is it wise for it to bring about a depreciation in the value of the national wealth. Also, it is the paramount duty of the Government to take such steps as would ensure a sale of Chinese produce, at least to an extent enough to meet her annual trade liabilities, if not to have a margin in China's favour.