|The numbers of British, American, Japanese and French Warships in Chinese waters are as follow:—|
|Special Service Ships||…||…||—||—||1||—|
|* One other cruiser ("Durban") is absent from the station at the present time, but is now en route for China, and is due at Hong Kong on 15th January.|
|† One is employed as a Despatch Vessel, and the other as a Submarine Tender.|
|‡ American minesweepers are sometimes referred to as gunboats or minesweeping gunboats.|
|§ Includes "Tamar" which is a stationary bulk at Hong Kong.|
§ Details of Warships in excess of numbers usually stationed in Chinese waters and their time of arrival.
§ British.—The aircraft carrier and the destroyers are reinforcements which joined the China Squadron in October.
§ American.—The Americans have had in Chinese waters:
- 1 cruiser,
- 8 destroyers
§ French.—There has been no addition to the Far Eastern Division this year.1176
§ the joint naval action of the Powers in China, how many British, French, American, and Japanese warships, respectively, are now in Chinese waters; how many of these warships are in excess of the numbers of foreign warships usually stationed in Chinese waters when these additional warships were sent to Chinese waters; and how long it is expected that they will remain there?
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN
As the answer is very long, and contains many figures, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, have it circulated in tile OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ The reply is as follows:
§ Japanese. —The Japanese have in Chinese waters two ships in excess of normal, at present:
- 1 destroyer,
- 1 special service ship.
§ I cannot say for what period ships in excess of normal may be expected to remain.