HC Deb 25 October 1954 vol 531 cc221-2W
64. Mr. S. O. Davies

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement regarding the British merchant ship "Inchkilda" which was intercepted by Chinese Nationalist warships on 15th October and ordered not to sail into Shanghai harbour, the ship's destination.

Mr. Turton

The "Inchkilda" reported being ordered to stop by a Chinese Nationalist warship at 15.21 hours on 14th October while bound from Foochow to Shanghai. About an hour and a half later the "Inchkilda" was released by the warship, but was ordered not to proceed to Shanghai. Her Majesty's Government do not recognize that the Chinese Nationalists have any right to interfere with British shipping and Her Majesty's Consul in Tamsui protested to the provincial authorities in Formosa about the "Inchkilda" on 20th October.