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W. : BRITAIN AT WEIHAIWEI, 1898–1930 to investigate the leased territory’s capacity as a commercial centre in relation to the treaty port of Chefoo and the German base at Kiaochow. Jamieson’s detailed analysis of trade statistics demonstrated that commerce at Weihaiwei made ‘a paltry showing’. Citing the well-known infrastructure problems concerning railway communications and the anchorage, he also highlighted the fact that, as regarded industrial production, all raw materials had to be imported.

1897. 44. PRO 30/33/6/10, Buller to Satow (private), 4 Jan. 1898, Satow Ms, PRO. 45. Nish, ‘Royal Navy and the Taking of Weihaiwei, 1898–1905’, 46–7. 46. ADM 125/88, telegram Admiralty to Seymour (no. 47), 24 Mar. 1898. 47. , telegram Admiralty to Seymour (no. 49), 26 Mar. 1898. For Fitzgerald’s movements with HMS Iphigenia, Rainbow and Redpole, cf. ADM 50/379, journal Fitzgerald, entries for Mar. 1898. 48. FO 228/1277, telegrams MacDonald to Fitzgerald, 28 Mar. and 1 Apr. 1898; Goschen to Balfour (private), 27 Mar.

OTTE the lease of Weihaiwei was legally not affected was dismissed as so contorted as to be ‘an ultra-Chinese argument’. Definite preparations had to be made for the long-term renewal of the lease. Lucas reiterated the idea of obtaining a 99 years lease to place Weihaiwei on a par with Kiaochow and the Kowloon New Territories. Anything less would merely prolong ‘the sense of insecurity of which we hear so perpetually as preventing capital from coming to Weihaiwei’. Crucially, he also stressed the fact that retention ‘should be backed by Japan’.

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