HC Deb 28 May 1930 vol 239 cc1267-8
7. Sir K. WOOD

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can state the present position in China; and whether the British authorities have declared certain territory to be unsafe for the residence of British nationals?


According to the latest report I have received from His Majesty's Minister in China, the rival forces in the north have, as yet, only engaged in minor hostilities. There are fears of a new attack on Canton by rebel forces. Seriously disturbed conditions appear to prevail in the Central and South-Eastern Provinces, and British missionaries in Honan, Hupei and Kiagsi have been advised to proceed to places of safety.


Does not this statement from the right hon. Gentleman confirm firm all the suggestions I made a few minutes ago about the undesirability of entering into negotiations with countries in this state?


No, I do not agree.