§ Mr. WARDLAW-MILNE
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any reply has been received from the Chinese Government as to the application of the Boxer indemnity fund submitted to it in June last; and, if so, what is the nature of such reply?
The conversations of last June between His Majesty's Minister and the Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs were inconclusive. The Chinese Government expressed the desire to invest the bulk of the funds in the completion of the Canton-Hankow Railway. This proposal brought to the fore questions of pre-existing agreements and obligations which have required careful consideration and have delayed progress towards satisfactory arrangements regarding the indemnity.