Yet it had become more than just an imperial sharing of the spoils. Meanwhile, the Russians pressed on their territorial aggressiveness in the Far East, thus irritating the Japanese and alerting the British to their position in India.
 Nor did France raise the issue of asylum with the deposed tsar. Lansdowne did not stop there; he turned to Paris. The enthusiastic reception received by King Edward VII of Great Britain (1841-1910) during his visit to Paris in May 1903 contributed to this. Negotiations ensued; The contours of an imperial agreement were soon there. France ceded Egypt to Britain and the British promised to support French efforts to control Morocco. The two countries have also settled long-standing disputes over fishing rights off Newfoundland. The agreement signed on 8 April 1904 was not ratified by the British Parliament and had no military dimension. The agreement represented imperialism at its peak.  A third strategic reflection also brought into play British security concerns. The recently created Imperial Defense Committee investigated the question of a possible German invasion. More importantly, some British army officers thought that British troops might be on the continent. The Anglo-French Entente was not yet an alliance, or even a virtual alliance.