HC Deb 31 January 1940 vol 356 c1148
3. Mr. R. Morgan

asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the peace terms offered by Japan to the Chinese puppet government; and whether the Foreign Office has received any information on the subject from either of the British ambassadors in the Far East?

Mr. Butler

Yes, Sir. His Majesty's Ambassador in China has called my Noble Friend's attention to an agreement purporting to have been signed by Mr. Wang Ching-wei and the Japanese authorities on 30th December last. The full text is being forwarded by air mail. As published in the Shanghai Chinese Press the documents bear neither signature nor date, and may therefore be merely preliminary exchanges of views. A spokesman of Mr. Wang has described them as "demands submitted by the Japanese," and has denied that any agreement has been signed with the Japanese.

4. Mr. Morgan

asked the Prime Minister whether the British Government, in view of the treaty negotiations between Japan and the Chinese puppet government, still adhere to the terms of the Washington Treaty?

Mr. Butler

In their Note of 14th January, 1939, to the Japanese Government, His Majesty's Government made it clear that they intended to adhere to the principles of the Nine Power Treaty, and this remains their attitude.