§ MR. MARKS () Tower Hamlets, St. George's
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Chinese Government has bound itself, by its agreement with the Russo-Chinese Bank, to charge one-third less import duty on all Russian goods entering China through Manchuria than is paid on similar products from other foreign countries landed at Chinese ports?
§ MR. BRODRICK
The agreement between the Chinese Government and the Russo-Chinese Bank for the construction of the Manchurian Railway was presented to Parliament last Session under Russia No. 1, 1898, from which it will be seen that the answer to the Question is in the affirmative. Stipulations based on precisely similar lines were introduced into the Convention made between Great Britain and China in 1894, relating to the transit of goods across the Burmah Frontier into China.