In 1935, the French Navy deposed the battleship Richelieu. With the two Dunkirk-class battleships also under construction, the total tonnage was above the 70,000-tonne limit for the new French battleships until the contract expired. The laying of Jean Bart`s keel in December 1936, less than three weeks before the contract expired, increased the extent of France`s violation by an additional 35,000 tonnes. The French government rejected British objections to these violations, pointing out that Britain had signed the Anglo-German naval agreement in 1935 by unilaterally removing the disarmament clauses of the Treaty of Versaille. German rearmament threatened France and, from France`s point of view, if Britain freely violated contractual obligations, France would not be limited either.  However, the British were more cautious and moderate. Indeed, British officials presented some general wishes at the conference: to achieve peace and stability in the Western Pacific; Avoid a sea-arms race with the United States; to thwart Japanese intrusion into areas under their influence; and to preserve the security of the countries of Singapore, Hong Kong and the Dominion, but they did not participate in the conference with a special list of demands. On the contrary, they have provided a vague idea of what the Western Pacific should be after an agreement. The maritime treaty had a profound impact on the Japanese. With a superior American and British industrial power, a long war would most likely end in a Japanese defeat.
Strategic parity was therefore not economically possible.  A great British demand during the negotiations was the total abolition of the submarine, which had proved so effective against them during the war. But this proved impossible, not least because of the French resistance; they requested an allocation of 90,000 tonnes of submarines and the conference ended without agreement on submarine limitation.  Washington Conference, also known as the Washington Naval Conference, as the International Conference on Naval Limitation (1921-22), an international conference convened by the United States to limit the navy`s arms race and develop security agreements in the Pacific region.