1. Mr. FOOT MITCHELL
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any special treaties governing international relations are now being negotiated between the Chinese Government and any foreign Powers; and whether the British Government is aware of the nature of the proposals under consideration, in view of the fact that these may be regarded as setting a precedent when our own treaties with China come to be remodelled?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. G. Locker-Lampson)
The Peking authorities have raised the question of treaty revision with the Belgian, French, Japanese, and Spanish Governments, but, while negotiations have in some cases been initiated, I have no reason to believe that any substantial progress has yet been made. His Majesty's Government have general knowledge of the lines the negotiations are following, and the consideration adduced in the second part of my hon. Friend's question is receiving careful attention.
Is the Washington Pact still in force and are the signatories thereto strictly observing the conditions?