HC Deb 07 April 1937 vol 322 cc168-9
3. Mr. Day

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the present position in Northern China; and whether the reports received by his Department give any particulars of the progress made with the disbandment of the various military forces?

Mr. Eden

The present situation in Northern China, according to the latest reports received, is quiet, and the troops formerly under the command of Marshal Chang Hsueh-liang are being moved from the neighbourhood of Sian to the provinces of Honan, Anhwei and Kiangsu. I have not received reports of the disbandment of any military forces.

Mr. Day

Are we to understand from those reports that hostilities are still going on in Northern China?

Mr. Eden

The situation is quiet, but I am not quite sure what that means in Northern China.