'-,■: CHINESE STATEMENT
;■. .;. ■ PARIS, May 3.; | *" The Chinese delegation has issued a •statement declaring that they view with astonishment the Shantung settlement. China came to the conference imbued with a strong faith m the Allies' lofty principles as a basis tor ajust peace. The Chinese people-will be idisillusioned over the settlement. If there was reason to stand firm over Fiuine there was all fclte more reason W uphold China's claim, "-lnclv involves the future welfare of 36,000,000 ■souls and the highest interest of peace in*the Far East. By transferring rights to Japan the conference is perpetuating an act of aggression which had been, resented by the Chinese since its perpetration. It is clear that the Council has been bestowing on Japan the rights .not of Germany but of China The . more powerful ally has reaped benefits at the expense of the weaker ally. Ihe substitution becomes graver when, the position of Japan in South Manchuria and Eastern Mongolia is read in connection with it. She is firmly entrenched on both sides of the Gulf or Pechili, the water outlet for Pekm, with a bold on the three trunk linesissuing from Pekin to the rest }'or China. The capital therefore becomes enslaved in the midst of Japan's influence. The Chinese understand that the Council's decision is prompted by the fact that Britain and France undertook in February, or March, 1917, •to support at the Peace Conference Japan's claims to the German rights at Shantung. The statement points out that China was no party to this secret pact, or aware of its contents, when she became a b-elligerent, also that Japan's clairua appear incompatible with .(President Wilson's Fourteen Points.
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SHANTUNG SETTLEMENT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919
SHANTUNG SETTLEMENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919
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