By Tilman Remme
Britain and neighborhood Cooperation in South-East Asia, 1945-49 lines the try out by way of the British overseas place of work to set up a world neighborhood service provider in South-East Asia which might enable Britain to dominate the quarter politically, economically and militarily. Tilman Remme explores the altering emphasis of Britain's nearby guidelines and places the problems affecting South-East Asia within the post-War interval right into a huge context. He explores occasions within the mild of the japanese defeat within the moment global battle, the Communist fight for supremacy of China, the advance of Anglo-American family members in Asia and the beginnings of the chilly struggle.
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During talks in Washington, the British Minister of Food had learnt that the world production of grains had been overestimated and that a shortage of 5 million tons of wheat could be expected during the next year. 1 On 31 January, cabinet ministers were further told that South-East Asia was now facing famine because of a worldwide shortage of rice, the main diet of the region. 2 Due to the shortage of wheat, rice could not be replaced by other crops. 3 Four days earlier, Britain had already announced the introduction of bread rationing and the cessation of her rice imports.
In Indonesia, the British soon used their position in the country to urge the Dutch that they should enter into negotiations with the Indonesian nationalists. As Dening wrote to Sterndale Bennett at the beginning of October: These independence movements in Asia must be treated with sympathy and understanding. Otherwise they will become really serious. As I have indicated, they are half-baked and treated the proper way they should not be very terrifying. But treated the wrong way, they may well, in the end, spell the end of Europe in Asia….
Out here I do not consider that a military command can fill the bill. 31 Inspired byDening, the Foreign Office took the opportunity of an interdepartmental meeting on 18 December to press for a link between regional cooperation and its new appointment. As the attending Colonial Office official was insufficiently briefed and unfamiliar with the Special Commissioner’s appointment,32 the Foreign Office managed to steamroller any opposition. Accord-ing to the official minutes, the meeting agreed that regional cooperation could be useful in matters concerning supply, distribution and pest control and that the Special Commissioner should be invited to make recommendations on whether the existing machinery in South-East Asia was sufficient to deal with economic questions.