I am happy to confirm that the People's Republic of China has made a constructive contribution to Security Council debates on the crisis in the Gulf.
The Government of China agree on the need for the airport. Premier Li Peng spoke to my hon. Friend the Member for Warwickshire, North (Mr. Maude)—then responsible for Foreign Office affairs on China—in July of last year and gave him that assurance. Experts are discussing the project on both sides and we hope that the Chinese will support it in due course.