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Wei-Hai-Wei, in the Chinese province of Shantting, and the adjacent waters was by a Convention with the Chinese Government, dated July 1, 1898, leased to Great Britain for so long a period as Russia sliall remain in posses- sion of Port Arthur. The territory leased comprises, besides the port and bay, the island of Liu Kung, all the islands in the bay, and a belt of land 10 English miles wide along the entire coast-line of the bay. AVithin the limits of this territory Great Britain has sole jurisdiction, except that within the walled city Chineseofficialsmay exercise such jurisdiction as is not inconsistent with the defence of the territory. In addition within a zone extending east from the meridan 121" 40' east of Greenwich, Great Britain has the right to erect fortitications or take any measures necessary for the defence of the terri* tory, and to acquire sites necessary for water supply, communications and hospitals. There Cliinese administiati >n is not to be interfered with, but only Chinese or British troops shall be allowed. Chinese war vessels retain the right to use the waters, and within the territory such lands as may be required by Great Britain for public purposes shall be bought at a fair price. The British Government has decided to purchase (from the private owners) the western portion of the island of Liu Kung for the protection of the harliour.

A colonial regiment to consist of 1,000 Chinese soldiers with British officers is being formed to garrison Wei-Hai-Wei and other ports in the East. Officers and drill instructors have been sent out.

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