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The Minister in China ( Reinsch ) to the Secretary of State


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The Minister for Foreign Affairs and the British Minister considered that the conference is essentially administrative in character being called for the purpose not of making a new treaty but carrying [Page 643] out the provisions existing treaties with respect to effective 5 per cent duty, its task is technical in nature requiring expert knowledge but not calling for bestowal plenipotentiary powers. The British Minister has himself designated the British delegates.