HC Deb 07 February 1955 vol 536 cc1538-9
18. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will give an assurance that the Resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly on 8th December, 1949, calling on all States to respect the right of the people of China to choose freely their political institutions and calling on all States also to refrain from seeking to acquire spheres of influence or to create foreign-controlled régimes within the territory of China, remains the policy of Her Majesty's Government.

Mr. Turton

Yes, Sir.

Mrs. Castle

In view of the Foreign Secretary's statement last Friday that Quemoy and Matsu undoubtedly form part of Chinese territory, would not Her Majesty's Government agree that the declaration by the Chinese Nationalists this weekend, that they intend to continue to occupy Quemoy and Matsu, is a violation of the United Nations Resolution which the Government support, and that it makes the Chinese Nationalist Government aggressors in this area? Will the Government continue to press this point of view in the United Nations?

Mr. Turton

The position is that Her Majesty's Government will support any attempt by the people of China to choose their political institutions by peaceful and democratic methods, and regard any attempt to impose a régime by force as a threat to peace.

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