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China: Armed Forces

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration was given by officials in his Department to the terms of the Madrid Declaration 1989 when agreeing to (a) its bilateral programme with China and (b) the attendance of Chinese cadets at Sandhurst. (228531)

I set out the basis of the MOD’s bilateral programme with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in my answer to the hon. Member on 17 September 2008, Official Report, columns 2250-51W. Since the Madrid Declaration of 1989, our bilateral relationship with China has developed considerably. As with other EU partners, most of the measures adopted then, such as suspension of bilateral ministerial and high-level contacts have long since fallen into disuse. The arms embargo, however, remains in place.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from his US counterpart on (a) his Department’s Chinese bilateral programme and (b) the training of Chinese military personnel in the UK. (228533)