Now that the war was over, the British Foreign Office could turn its attention to Far Eastern problems, foremost of which were the activities of Japan in China and Siberia. The British government's great advantage was continuity in leadership; Prime Minister David Lloyd George continued to mastermind British strategy, whereas President Wilson, who had suffered a stroke in August, 1919, was no longer able to command the American ship-of-state. Without Wilson's leadership, America's faint call for a new order in the Far East became still. The old order resumed command.1