§ SIR H. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN (Stirling Burghs)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs whether there is any news from. China.
§ *MR. BRODRICK
The accounts from Peking received through native sources which have been already published, show that the resistance of the Legations to the attacks made on them have made a great impression on the assailants, and there are grounds for hoping that Prince Ching, the late head of the Tsung-li-Yamen, is exercising influence to protect 945 the Legations against Prince Tuan and the Boxers. The reports from Tientsin show that further fighting may be expected there at any moment, but no doubt is expressed that the allied forces will maintain their position. The Japanese reinforcements are due at Ta-ku immediately, and the Indian troops will begin to arrive in China at the end of the week. Matters are at present quiet on the Yang-tsze, but further naval force is being moved up so as to be prepared for any calls for the maintenance of order.