HC Deb 05 November 1934 vol 293 cc623-4
17. Mr. T. SMITH

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to the recent commercial agreement between the Japanese and Estonian Governments granting most-favoured-nation treatment to both countries, but stipulating that this provision is not to apply to any preferential tariff which may be granted by Japan to Manchukuo or to the Republic of China; and whether he will represent to the Japanese Government that this provision is incompatible with respect to Article I of the Nine-Power Treaty, and to the Estonian Government that its assent to this provision is inconsistent with the acceptance of the Assembly Re- port of 24th February, 1933, and particularly with the obligation not to recognise the existing regime in Manchuria either de facto or de jure contained in that Report.


The provisions of the Japanese-Estonian agreement to which the hon. Member refers were duly reported to me. The question of the relevance of the provisions of the Assembly's Report to the matter is primarily one for the Advisory Committee set up by the Assembly to follow the Sino-Japanese dispute.