§ The SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. A. Henderson)
The most recent returns of the Chinese Maritime Customs show that the importation of arms and munitions of war through them in 1928 amounted to a total net value equivalent, at the average rate of exchange, to, roughly, £1,750,000. These figures do not include imports for sporting purposes or for individual self-defence. With my hon. Friend's permission, I will have the detailed particulars circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Lieut.-Colonel HENEAGE
How does the right hon. Gentleman separate arms 2218 for individuals for self-defence and arms that are to be used against other people?
§ Following are the detailed particulars:
§ Note.—The following figures include arms imported for British and other foreign naval and military forces in China as well as for such institutions as the Chinese Maritime Customs and the Shanghai Volunteer Corps. The various countries named are those from which the arms are shipped, and are not necessarily those of origin.
§ STATEMENT showing the value of direct gross imports through the Maritime Customs of arms and munitions into China during the year 1928, distinguishing the countries whence imported.
§ (Extracted from the Statistical Returns, Part II, Vol. 1, Imports—published by the Chinese Maritime Customs.)
|Arms and munitions of war:|
|Total imports of which from:||11,400,315|
|Japan (including Formosa)||393,005|
|United States (including Hawaii)||49,216|
|Arms and munitions, sporting and self-defence.||Haikwan Taels.|
|Total imports of which from:||125,671|
|Japan (including Formosa)||35,089|
|United States (including Hawaii)||13,643|
|NOTE.—The equivalent of the Haikwan Tael during the year 1928 was 2s. 11 1/16d.|