§ SIR JOHN SIMON (Dewsbury)
asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether any stops have been taken since the last Session to give effect to that part of the Convention with China which relates to the opening up of trade with Thibet?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE (Sir JAMES FERGUSSON) (Manchester, N. E.)
Her Majesty's Minister at Peking has contined to discuss the question with the Chinese Government; and he reported in October that they were unable at that time to decide definitely as to the opening of a trade post. The delay may, to a certain extent, be accounted for by the action of the Thibetans in maintaining an armed post beyond their frontier, on territory under the jurisdiction of the Indian Government. They have done this in defiance of the wishes of the Chinese Government; and steps are now being taken by the Indian Government to compel the Thibetans to withdraw.