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Burma (Defence)

Volume 526: debated on Monday 5 April 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if, in negotiations about the defence of Burma, he is bearing in mind that China has claimed rights over part of Burma; and how many Chinese Communist troops have entered Burma recently.

There are no negotiations in progress with the Burmese Government at present covering tactical or strategic aspects of the defence of Burma.

I have no information on the second part of the Question.

Would the right hon. and learned Gentleman tell the House whether it is a fact that for years past the Chinese Government have laid claim to the northern part of Burma and that might lead to serious conflict in the future?

It is true that the Chinese Government have laid claim to certain areas in Burma. I said that I have no information with regard to Chinese troops being on Burmese territory.

In view of the possible danger to Burma from China, can the right hon. and learned Gentleman say how many more Chinese Nationalist troops have been evacuated to Formosa?

I think it would be better if the right hon. Gentleman put a question on the Order Paper dealing with that matter.

Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman say how far the other Anglo-Burmese negotiations have gone?