Britain and Regional Cooperation in Southeast Asia 1945-1949 by Tilman Remme

By Tilman Remme

Britain and local Cooperation in South-East Asia, 1945-49 lines the try through the British international place of work to set up a global local organization in South-East Asia which might let Britain to dominate the sector 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 broad context. He explores occasions within the gentle of the japanese defeat within the moment global warfare, the Communist fight for supremacy of China, the advance of Anglo-American kinfolk in Asia and the beginnings of the chilly warfare.

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Senior officers at SEAC were apparently thinking along similar lines to Dening. 20 At the Foreign Office, Sterndale Bennett concluded that ‘if the scheme were properly handled SEAC might become the nucleus for a consultative regional commission in South-East Asia which has long been one of our tentative objectives’. However, due regard would have to be be paid to the susceptibilities of foreign countries, as it might appear that Britain was trying to fasten her control over French and Dutch territories; so far as Thailand was concerned it would also ‘revive American suspicions of our wish to reduce that country to a kind of subject State’.

Despite these potential pitfalls, the Foreign Office supported the idea of promoting regional cooperation in South-East Asia on the basis of SEAC. However, before launching an interna-tional initiative in this direction, the department had to try and convince the rest of Whitehall to back Dening’s proposal. His telegram of 23 August was therefore passed on to the Official Far Eastern Committee and to the other departments involved, thus reviving the issue of regional cooperation which had been dormant since the failure of the Colonial Office’s worldwide plans earlier in the year.

Suddenly, the future organisation of South-East Asia was no longer in the realm of postwar planning. It had to be decided swiftly, and under the pressure of rapid and often dramatic events. 26 Chapter 2 The dilemma of peace in South-East Asia On 14 August 1945, after two American nuclear bombs had wiped out the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan announced her surrender. The Allies had finally triumphed over the last of the Axis powers. In Britain, joyful crowds instantly took to the streets to celebrate the news, and the government declared a special two-day holiday.

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