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This memorandum sets out how the Irish foreign policy position is being affected by British imperialist policy. What's interesting is how Erskine Childers was sensitive to the inferior status of Chinese leased ports in relation to the British empire and even though Ireland is sympathetic to the treatment of China by imperialist powers the Irish foreign policy position is compromised due to its own subservient status to Britain. Relevant passages are quoted below.
"LEASING OF PORTS: The precedents are not favourable. That of China (see attached D)9 was a piece of piracy on Britain's part, humiliating to China, implying an inferior status, and carried out as the Treaty expressly says, in order to safeguard British commerce, the same object, as that of Condition No 1, alleged in the 'British proposals' of July 20th."
"A country which leases ports for naval purposes to another must certainly be held to be politically as well as strategically subordinate to the lessee country. A power at war with the United States would probably regard Cuba as ipso facto a belligerent, her ports being at the disposal of the enemy. Japan in 1914 attacked the Chinese territory leased to Germany and treated China as she pleased thereafter; Ireland, with ports leased to Britain, would be committed11 by implications to all British war and foreign policy."