HC Deb 14 February 1949 vol 461 c767
19. Mr. Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why he has left an ambassador in Nanking; what is the status of our representative in Canton; and what instructions he has given concerning British subjects who desire to enter China.

Mr. McNeil

Although the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed His Majesty's Government last month that as from 5th February the seat of Government would be Canton, it seems that many Ministers have not yet arrived in Canton; in particular the Acting President is still in Nanking. His Majesty's Ambassador is therefore remaining in Nanking for the present. A senior member of the Embassy, whose status is that of a Counsellor of Embassy detached for special duties, is already in Canton to maintain contact with the Chinese Ministers there. Male British subjects whose presence in China is not essential and all British women are being advised not to proceed to any part of China until the situation is clearer.

Mr. Teeling

Will the Ambassador remain on in Nanking, no matter who takes over?

Mr. McNeil

That, Sir, is a matter for consideration when the situation arises.