§ Mr. HOOD
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that British merchants in China appreciate the value of the illustrated paper called "Ch'eng Pao" in the interests of British industries; and whether he can give any assurance that the issue and circulation of the periodical will not be discontinued, and say what other efforts are being made for furthering British interests in China by propaganda?1646W
I am informed that the newspaper "Ch'eng Pao" is greatly appreciated by British merchants and others in China. So much is this the case that the publisher of the news edition in Shanghai proposes to produce a news and illustrated edition as a commercial venture. Every effort, within the necessary limits, is being made to further British interests in China by propaganda, and all possible help is being rendered to the local committees who are interested in the matter.