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Thursday, 3 March 1932

Mr BRUCE (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) - On the 26th February, the honorable member for Melbourne (Dr. Maloney), addressed the following question to the Assistant Minister for Defence : -

During the World War Japan endeavoured to impose on Ohana 21 conditions, of which nineteen were eliminated at the Washington Conference. Are the other two points still in operation, and if so, what are .they ?

This question would more properly have been addressed to the Minister for External Affairs, and I now supply the following information : -

Of the original 21 demands fifteen were accepted by China, to which three more provisions were added by an exchange of notes. Of these eighteen provisions, six were cancelled as a result of the Washington Conference of 1921, several others are to a considerable extent a dead letter, and the remainder, relating to Manchuria, the Hanyeping iron mines, Fukien, and the non-alienation of harbours, bays and islands on the Chinese cost, may be regarded as still in force.

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