HC Deb 20 December 1944 vol 406 cc1751-2
4. Mr. J. J. Lawson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in view of recent Japanese advances whether he has any statement to make on the Chinese war situation.

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Eden)

The recent Japanese advance towards Kweiyang constituted a grave menace to our Chinese Allies, and I feel sure that the House will wish to express their confidence in them in this fresh trial in their eighth year of war. The public declarations of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek show that the challenge has been met with undaunted spirit and His Majesty's Government affirm their solidarity with him in the measures which he and his able American collaborator, General Wedemeyer, are taking. I am glad to say, however, that, for the time being at all events, the situation is easier, as the Japanese have withdrawn for some distance from the furthest point which they had reached. Meanwhile, outside China, Chinese troops have themselves made a notable contribution by the capture of Bhamo. I should add that the complete defeat of Japan, and thus the liberation of China, is being hastened by the blows dealt to the common enemy by the forces under the command of Admiral Mountbatten in Burma and by those under the command of Admiral Nimitz and General MacArthur in the Pacific.

Mr. Lawson

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if steps are now being taken to equip the Chinese troops to a greater extent than they have been equipped in the past?

Mr. Eden

The hon. Gentleman knows that everything in the power of the Allies will be done. The problem is very largely one of transport—of getting the stuff there.