I avail, etc.,
(Signed) HIOKI EKI.
Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Peking, the 25th day of the 5th month of the 4th year
of the Republic of
Monsieur le Ministre,
I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your Excellency’s note of this day’s date in which you made the following declaration in the name of your Government:—
“When, after the termination of the present war the leased territory of Kiaochow Bay is completely left to the free disposal of Japan, the Japanese Government will restore the said leased territory to China under the following conditions:—
“1. The whole of Kiaochow Bay to be opened as a Commercial Port.
“2. A concession under the exclusive jurisdiction of Japan to be established at a place designated by the Japanese Government.
“3. If the foreign Powers desire it, an international concession may be established.
“4. As regards the disposal to be made of the buildings and properties of Germany and the conditions and procedure relating thereto, the Japanese Government and the Chinese Government shall arrange the matter by mutual agreement before the restoration.”
In reply, I beg to state that I have taken note of this declaration.
I avail, etc.,
(Signed) Lou Tseng-tsiang.
TREATY RESPECTING SOUTH MANCHURIA AND EASTERN INNER MONGOLIA
His Excellency the President of the Republic of China and His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, having resolved to conclude a Treaty with a view to developing their economic relations in South Manchuria and Eastern Inner Mongolia, have for that purpose named as their Plenipotentiaries, that is to say;
His Excellency the President of the Republic of China, Lou Tseng-tsiang, Chung-ching, First Class Chia-ho Decoration, and Minister of Foreign Affairs; And His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, Hioki Eki, Jushii, Second Class of the Imperial Order of the Sacred Treasure, Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary;
Who, after having communicated to each other their full powers, and found them to be in good and due form, have agreed upon and concluded the following Articles:—
Article 1. The two High Contracting Parties agree that the term of lease of Port Arthur and Dalny and the terms of the South Manchuria Railway and the Antung-Mukden Railway, shall be extended to 99 years.
Art. 2. Japanese subjects in South Manchuria may, by negotiation, lease land necessary for erecting suitable buildings for trade and manufacture or for prosecuting agricultural enterprises.
Art. 3. Japanese subjects shall be free to reside and travel in South Manchuria and to engage in business and manufacture of any kind whatsoever.