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The French in China. I ENERGETIC ACTION OF THE I NEW FRENCH WAR MINISTER. 6,000 Additional Troops for Tonquin. Rout of the Chinese. 600 Killed. [REUTER'S TELEGRAM.] PARIS, Monday.—A telegram from Hanoi, re- ceived to-day, states that after their recent defeat to the eastward of Chu, the Chinese troops, to the number of 12,000, returned to take the of- fensive. General Negrier thereupon attacked them, and succeeded in penetrating into their positions, which were defended by forts, with rows of batteries, one above the other. The Chinese were repulsed and completely routed after an active resistance, abandoning all their positions. Two batteries of Krupp guns, a quantity of rifles, ammunition, and provisions, together with the Chinese standards and convoys, fell into the hands of the French. On the Chinese side there were 600 killed, and a consider- able number wounded. The French loss, in both engagements, consisted of three officers slightly wounded, 19 men killed and 65 wounded. PARIS, Monday.—It is semi-officially announced that General Lewal's accession to office as war minister signifies solely energetic action in 'Tonquin. In conformity with the policy ap- proved by the Chamber, reinforcements to the extent of 6,000 men will be despatched to Tonquin. Nothing has yet been decided respecting the under-secretaryship of the War Department. There is no foundation for the report that Vice-Admiral Peyron had resigned the Ministry of Marine. He is in complete accord with General Lewal. PARIS, Monday.— The recent victory of General Negrier near Chu, is, the Temps says, the beginning of fresh offensive action in Tonquin. General Briere de L'isle, commander-in-chief, has resolved to occupy Langson without wait- ing for reinforcements, aud General Negrier is now marching on that place by way of the valley of Locnan. Operations in Tonquin will henceforth bo directed by the Ministers of War and Marine acting in concert. [CENTRAL NEWS TELEGRAM. J PARIS, Monday Afternoon.—General Negrier telegraphs from Tonquin that, having now received reinforcements sufficient to enable him to resume the offensive, he will shortly march on Langson. BERLIN, Monday Evening.—It is believed in well informed circles here that the direct outcome of the recent changes at the French Ministry of War will be an immediate declaration of war on the part of France against China, and the vigorous prosecution of offensive operations in the far east.

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