§ 73. Mr. J. Hudson
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the refusal of Mr. Chou En-lai to meet the United Nations, he will take immediate steps to have summoned an international conference of the same character as the last principal conference 216W at Geneva to which both China and the United States of America will be invited, with a view to obtaining a cease-fire in the Formosan area.
§ Sir A. Eden
The consequences of the Chinese refusal are being studied by Her Majesty's Government in close consultation with the Commonwealth and other friendly Governments.
§ 75. Mr. Warbey
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what further consultations he has had with the Government of the United States regarding the status of Formosa and the Pescadores.
§ Mr. Turton
None. My right hon. Friend gave the House a full statement of Her Majesty's Government's view of the legal position of these islands in reply to a Question by the right hon. Member for Easington (Mr. Shinwell) on 4th February.
§ 76. Mr. A. Henderson
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will state the extent to which recognition has been given by the Allied Powers to the formal proclamation of the Chinese Government at Chunking on 30th August, 1945, that Formosa was a new province of China.
§ Mr. Turton
I have been unable to trace any such proclamation. Unilateral declarations could not affect the legal status of Formosa, which my right hon. Friend explained fully in his reply to a question by the right hon. Member for Easington (Mr. Shinwell) on 4th February.