§ Mr. Pym
There is a considerable degree of understanding between Britain and China on world issues, particularly on the need to maintain strong defences against any potential aggressor. We attach importance to the continuing development of our relations with China in many fields, especially trade. The development of our relationship is not directed against any third country.
§ Mr. Adley
In the light of events in Afghanistan, will my right hon. Friend do what he can to help those countries that have the misfortune to be neighbours of the Soviet Union to defend themselves? Will he confirm that in matters such as defence policy and arms sales we 193 now regard the Government of China as our allies?
§ Mr. Cyril D. Townsend
Will my right hon. Friend reconsider this matter, bearing in mind that we are prepared to sell arms to China and that the American Administration is working very closely with that country on defence matters? Why should not we have, for example, a training mission there to help the Chinese to build up their tank divisions?