Oral Answers to Questions — India (Marshal Chiang Kai-Shek's Visit).

– in the House of Commons on 17th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

asked the Secretary of State for India whether, in view of the recent consultations between Marshal Chiang Kai-shek and Pandit Nehru in the Viceroy's residence and elsewhere, and the great impression this event has made, it is proposed that they should meet the Viceroy officially respecting issues of immediate and future significance to the peoples of India, China and the Far East?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

Marshal Chiang Kai-shek's visit to India has been of great military value, and has given proof of the solidarity of our common front against the Axis. Neither the Generalissimo nor Mr. Nehru has suggested that the latter should take part in the Generalissimo's official consultation with the Viceroy, nor does it appear from a speech which Mr. Nehru has made since meeting the Marshal that he would wish to do so.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

If Marshal Chiang Kai-shek feels it is of significance and value to meet Pandit Nehru, would this not be an excellent opportunity to make a direct approach to both of these gentlemen with a view to a fresh approach to the Indian problem?