Chinese Troops, Burma.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence Personnel. – in the House of Commons on 26th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

asked the Prime Minister whether the offer of the Chinese Government to send troops to Burma to fight side by side with Allied troops, has been accepted?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

Yes, Sir. The offer has been gratefully accepted. Chinese troops have already moved into Burma, and it is reported that some of them have been in action.

Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

Arising out of that reply, is my right hon. Friend aware that last week widespread statements were made that the offer by the Chinese to send troops had been refused by His Majesty's Government?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

If that is so, those statements were incorrect. I cannot be held responsible for what is put in the Press.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

I take it that you are giving the Chinese all the war material they require?