Reccomendations on the Shantung Question


Reccomendations on the Shantung Question




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Robert and Sally Huxley


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museusm




difficulties which may arise gfrom the absence of clear and common understandings as to the exact rights and obligations which Japan assumes as successor to the German position in China.

I therefore beg to urge, specifically, that an effort be made to secure from the Japanese delegation a statement, in the form of an official undertaking so ennunciated that it may be considered a binding part of the Peace settlement, as to what the Japanese Government intends to “restore” in Shantung and the time within which it is intended that the restoration shall take place.

If Japan would promise formally: (1.) to give up the exclusive, preferential provision whereby China is obligated “in all cases where foreign assistance, in personnel, capital or material, may be needed for any purpose whatever within the Province of Shantung to offer the said work of supplying of materials in first instance to German manufacturers and merchants....”; and (2.) to restore the whole of the Kiaochow leased territory, with no condition except that China shall pay her for the properties and that the port of Tsingtao be made an international settlement, the restoration to be made within two years from the signing of the peace, -- much of the sting and the menace would be drawn from the Shantung provisions which stand at this moment in the peace treaty.These recomendations will be found repeated on separate page attached hereto.

I have the honor to be,

Your humble and obedient servant,
Far Eastern Division.

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Unknown, “Reccomendations on the Shantung Question,” No date, R. Emmet Condon Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.