Extraterritoriality in China

Archive Report

The system of extraterritoriality now in force in China, which is to be reconsidered by the treaty powers in the forthcoming Peking conference with a view to its ultimate abandonment, is one of the main causes of anti-foreign sentiment in that country. The system has its basis in a series of treaties signed by the Chinese Government—the first with Great Britain in 1843—in which extraterritorial rights were conceded to certain foreign powers. Under these treaties the nationals of the treaty powers resident in China are not subject to Chinese law, but remain under the protection of their own national law, administered in China by their own national officials. The system is now looked upon by China as a derogation of her sovereignty and its ...

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