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Volume 974: debated on Monday 26 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what further contacts he expects to have with his Chinese Government counterpart; and if he will make a statement.

I have not met Defence Minister Xu Xiangqian, although I participated in the recent discussions with Premier Hua Guo Feng and his colleagues and earlier this year met Mr. Yang Yong, China's Deputy Chief of General Staff. The discussions were friendly and wide-ranging. I hope that such contacts will continue in future but at present no specific meetings are planned.