§ Earl WINTERTON
(by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any further information regarding the situation in China resulting from the arrest of General Chiang Kai-shek?
§ Mr. EDEN
I have nothing material to add to the statement which I made on Tuesday last. I understand that discussions have been proceeding between the Chinese Government and Marshal Chang Hsueh-liang through an intermediary, but I have not yet heard of any result, and to the best of my information General Chiang Kai-shek is still under detention. Military measures on the part of the Central Government appear to be continuing. I should like to add that it is a matter of the greatest regret to His Majesty's Government that such a situation should have arisen, in view of the serious effect which it may well have on the unity and prosperity of China.