HC Deb 01 April 1941 vol 370 c868W
Sir J. Wardlaw-Milne

asked the Secretary of State for Burma whether any steps are being taken to improve communications between Burma and China?

Mr. Amery

The Chinese Government have for some years stressed their desire to improve communications between China and Burma. The road between these two countries was opened in 1938, but in view of the limitations of road traffic the Chinese Government have consistently pressed the need for railway communication and have actually begun building a railway to the Burmese frontier. After discussion with the Government of Burma, His Majesty's Government have now agreed to provide funds to enable that Government to build a line from railhead at Lashio to the frontier, which will link up the Burma railway system with that of China.