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East-West Trade

Volume 526: debated on Wednesday 7 April 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, at the forthcoming Geneva Conference, the question of East-West trade will be discussed in conjunction with Indo-China and Korea.

Why not? Seeing that peace-loving peoples in China and the Soviet Union want trade and that the trading nations of the West want peace, would it not be mutually advantageous to link these two things together?

I did not say they would not in any circumstances be linked. Before I go into a conference I do not want to say exactly what I want to do about all these matters, but I would agree with the hon. Gentleman if he put it this way: it would certainly help us at Geneva if a start were made by the Chinese Communist Government treating British trading interests in China rather differently from the way in which they have treated them before.