HC Deb 09 July 1941 vol 373 c147
13. Mr. Noel-Baker

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the recent recognition of the puppet regime at Nanking by Germany and her Axis associates, he has any statement to make on the relations between His Majesty's Government and the National Government of China at Chungking?

Mr. Eden

The development referred to by my hon. Friend will make no difference to the Far Eastern policy of His Majesty's Government, which is based on the recognition of the Government at Chungking as the legitimate National Government of China. On 7th July the Chinese entered on the fifth year of their indomitable resistance, and I am happy to take this opportunity of repeating the assurance I recently gave in this House that His Majesty's Government will continue in the future as in the past to do what they can to help China to maintain her independence.

Mr. Noel-Baker

May I hope that the Foreign Secretary will transmit that message to the Chinese Government with the assurance that it has the warmest support of all parties in the House?

Mr. Eden

indicated assent.