Definition of treaty port in English:

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treaty port


A port bound by treaty to be open to foreign trade, especially in 19th and early 20th-century China and Japan.
Example sentences
  • Chongqing was opened as a treaty port in 1890, but few foreigners made it to this isolated outpost.
  • They provided only a few of the services offered by modern banks, developed quickly in Shanghai where there was a great deal of maritime trade, especially after the city was ‘opened’ as a treaty port in 1843.
  • It was the first Chinese port opened to foreign trade, the Portuguese visiting it in 1516, and was a treaty port from 1842 until its occupation by Japan in 1938.

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