§ 43. Mr. MANDER
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any statement to make with reference to the situation in the Far East?
§ 47. Mr. D. GRENFELL
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any information to give the House as to the position of affairs in the Far East
§ Mr. EDEN
As regards the situation in South China, the differences which in the course of the summer troubled the relations of the Central Government and the two south-western provinces have been settled amicably. The Kuangtung authorities abandoned their resistance towards the end of July and the Central Government was able to establish its control over the province. A settlement was also reached with the Kwangsi leaders. As regards the position in the north, there is little apparent change, but there appears to have been a sensible diminution in the volume of goods illicitly imported. I understand that the preventive services are now enabled to function more effectively than has hitherto been possible. General discussions are at present proceeding in Nanking between the Chinese and Japanese Governments on outstanding questions. His Majesty's Government sincerely trust that these discussions may lead to a general easing of tension in the Far East.