1915, Shantung - Japan

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            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 the maintenance of general peace in the Extreme East and the further strengthening of the relations of friendship and good neighbourhood now existing between the two nations, 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, 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 proper form, have agreed upon and concluded the following Articles: —

Article 1.

            The Chinese government agrees to give full assent to all matters upon which the Japanese Government may hereafter agree with the German Government relating to the disposition of all rights, interests, and concessions which Germany, by virtue of treaties or otherwise, possesses in relation to the province of Shantung.

Article 2.

            The Chinese government agrees that as regards the railway to be built by China herself from Chefoo or Lungkow to connect with the Kiaochow-Tsinanfu Railway, if Germany abandons the privilege of financing the Chefoo-Weihsien line, China will approach Japanese capitalists to negotiate for a loan.

Article 3.

            The Chinese Government agrees in the interest of trade and for the residence of foreigners, to open by China herself as soon as possible certain suitable places in the province of Shantung as commercial ports.

Article 4.

            The present Treaty shall come into force on the day of its signature.

            The present Treaty shall be ratified by His Excellency the President of the Republic of China and His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, and the ratification thereof shall be exchanged at Tokio as soon as possible.

            In witness whereof the respective Plenipotentiaries of the high contracting Parties have signed and sealed the present Treaty, two copies in the Chinese language and two in Japanese.

            Done at Peking this twenty-fifth day of the fifth month of the fourth year of the Republic of China, corresponding to the same day of the same month of the fourth year of TAISHO.


* English text taken from “Chinese Official Statement of the Chino-Japanese Negotiations.”