The Ambassador in Belgium ( Phillips ) to the Secretary of State
[Received September 8.]
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As I have already reported in my telegram No. 58, of August 18, 2 p.m., Belgium has decided to elicit the help of the American, British and, possibly, French governments in an effort to induce China to put into effect the desired modus vivendi, and a Note Verbale to this effect, dated August 21, has been communicated to me, a copy and translation of which is enclosed. …
I have [etc.]
- Article 46.—If hereafter the Government of His Majesty the King of the Belgians should consider it advisable to effect modifications in certain of the clauses of the present treaty, it will be free in this respect to open negotiations after a period of ten years has passed, as from the day of the exchange of ratifications, but, six months before the expiration of the ten years, it must make known officially to the Government of His Majesty the Emperor of China its intention of effecting modifications, and wherein they will consist. Failing this official notification, the treaty will remain in force without alterations for a new term of ten years, and so on from ten years to ten years. [Footnote in the original.]↩
- See pp. 743 ff., and pp. 966 ff.↩
- League of Nations Treaty Series, vol. vi, pp. 391, 405.↩