HC Deb 28 March 1904 vol 132 cc836-7

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India if he will state how many weeks the British armed force in Tibet halted at Tuna, and the cause of the delay; and has the Chinese Government been consulted in regard to the proposed movement north of Tuna, and is it intended to resort to force in the event of the Tibetans offering resistance to the advance of the mission. † See (4) Debates, cxxix., 338.


Colonel Young-husband arrived at Tuna on the 8th January, and has there awaited the collection of adequate supplies for a further advance. The Chinese Minister was informed on the 23rd November that it was impossible that His Majesty's Government should consent to postpone the measures which the conduct of the Tibetans had constrained them to adopt. The British Commissioner will resort to force only in the event of his advance being forcibly resisted, or of his communications being endangered.