HC Deb 23 March 1936 vol 310 c858
17. Sir A. KNOX

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has accurate information as to the activities in the Chinese Province of Sinkiang of persons in the employment of the Government of Soviet Russia; whether, and, if so, how many, Soviet advisers have been appointed to assist the governing authorities in Sinkiang; and whether anything in known of a proposal to construct a branch railway from the Trans-Siberian Railway to Sinkiang?


As stated in the reply given to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Wirral (Captain Graham), on 12th February, there are Soviet Consuls-General at Kashgar and Urumchi and Soviet trade agencies at Kashgar, Urumchi and Aksu. To these must be added, according to my latest information, further trade agencies at Chuguchak, Kuldja, Shikho and Altai. I am not aware how many advisers to the Sinkiang authorities are Soviet citizens. I have no information as regards the last part of the question.


Is it not possible to obtain from our representatives in Kashgar definite information as to whether there are Soviet political advisers in Sinkiang?


I think Sir Eric Teichmann may be able to give some information on that subject.