TREATIES WITH JAPAN
BRITISH EARLIER PROMISES
(Received April 23, 11 a.m..) ' NEW YORK, April 22, The "New York Times's" Paris correspondent sends the text of agreements -between Japan and England, and Japan, France, Italy and Russia, node during February, 1917, whereby the Powers agreed to support Japanese claims to the former German islands m the Pacific north of the Equator, and the Japanese claims to Shantung, while Japan agreed to support Britain s claims to the islands south or the Equator. " The correspondent says that President Wilson and the Chinese delegates were unaware of the arrangement when the Peace Conference opened, but when the question of mandatories was •discussed, Mr Lloyd George said that an arrangement regarding the Pacinc Islands had already been reached. There was an awkward moment when President Wilson asked the nature of the arrangement, which was then explained. Britain,, in a message to Japan on 16th February, 1917, said, with reference to Japan's desire for an assurance of Britain's support of Japan's claims at the Peace Conference: "The British Government accedes with pleasure to "the request to support Japan's claims regarding the disposal of Germany's rights m Shantung and the?Blands north of the Equator,*> beins understood that the Japanese GovSSment will treat in the same spirit Britain's claims to the German islands SoUjtSl re^that Britain's attitude - wasTfreS'proof <* *» close ieß umt" a^g thSo Powers, and agreed to cupPA* $***'* CITIRIS, April 22. Mr Lloid George, JPresident .Wilsoa,
and M, 'Cleinenofi&u discussed the Japanese Signer Orlando was absent.
WASHINGTON, April 22. It is known that President Wilson refuses to take any action in reference •to a STranco-British alliance. The Italian claims are likely to prejudice the League of Nations' fundamentals.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9592, 23 April 1919
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