§ MR. WILLIAM REDMOND (Clare, E.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can say what is the present position in reference to Manchuria; and whether any steps are to be taken in reference to the continued occupation of that territory.
§ *VISCOUNT CRANBORNE
The Russian Government have not, we understand, receded from their intention to evacuate Manchuria; but on the abandonment of the negotiations with China for a gradual evacuation of that province, they declared that the temporary occupation of Manchuria must continue for the present, and that its complete and definitive restoration to China could only take place on the re-establishment of a normal state of affairs, and of a Government capable of affording Russia a guarantee against the renewal of the late disorders.
§ MR. WILLIAM REDMOND
Is it the fact that the Chinese Government have made representations to the European 749 Governments with reference to the opening up of Manchuria?