Three representatives of the Committee for Commonwealth Citizens in China called at the Chinese Embassy in London today (Tuesday, 2 March) to seek news of an Australian journalist who has been missing in the People's Republic of China for 16 months.
CV Sign, in Chinese...door plaque
MS Charles Stokes, Airey Neave and Rev William Baddeley (3-man delegation) arrive at Embassy and enter
CV Chinese national emblem above door
GV Windows of Embassy
MV Mr. Airey Neave and others leave Embassy
CV Mr Neave questioned by reporter (SOUND ON FILM)
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 7): REPORTER: "Have you actually got proof that he has been arrested, sir?"
NEAVE: "No proof that he's been arrested....he was last seen boarding a train for Hong Kong from Canton on the 4th of November 1969....the last time he was seen alive. The usual method of the Chinese Security Service is to allow people to board the train and take them off the train somewhere en route, arrest them and keep them incommunicado for a period and then announce their release....announce their trial and release. In fact this case followed the usual patter."
Initials OS/2342 MR/OS/2350
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Background: Three representatives of the Committee for Commonwealth Citizens in China called at the Chinese Embassy in London today (Tuesday, 2 March) to seek news of an Australian journalist who has been missing in the People's Republic of China for 16 months. The deputation stressed to chinese officials that the journalist, Mr. Francis James, could be in ill-health as a result of his experiences as a wartime pilot and prisoner of war. The officials said they had o information about the missing man. The deputation was led by the committee's president, Mr. Airey Neave M.P., who afterwards spoke to reporters.