§ THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Earl PERCY,) Kensington, S.
It has not been considered necessary to make a formal communication to the Chinese Government on the subject of the intended advance to Lhasa. The hon. Member will find at pages 146, 148, 218, 297, 299, 301, and 307 of the Blue-book the communications which have passed between the Foreign Office and the Chinese Government on the subject of the advance of Colonel Young-husband's Mission into Tibetan territory. Sir E. Satow has more recently been in communication with the Chinese Government on the same subject.
§ EARL PERCY
We have not received any communication from the Chinese Government on that subject. The hon. Member will see from the Blue-book that the Chinese Government formally notified their assent to the holding of a conference at Yatung.