By T. Smith
British international coverage in the direction of Vietnam illustrates the evolution of Britain's place inside international geopolitics 1943-1950. It displays the swap of the Anglo-US courting from equaltiy to dependence, and demonstrates Britain's altering organization with its colonies and with the opposite ecu imperial spheres inside of southeast Asia. This e-book indicates that Britain pursued a extra concerned coverage in the direction of Vietnam than has formerly been said, and clarifies Britain's position within the origins of the Vietnam battle and the character of next US involvement.
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Extra info for Britain and the Origin of the Vietnam War: UK Policy in Indo-China, 1943-50 (Global Conflict Since 1945)
9 The French had offered two divisions for operations in the war against Japan and the CCS had agreed that the best place to employ these troops would be in Indo-China. General Marshall asked Mountbatten to accept these two divisions as part of SEAC. 10 The Potsdam Conference was symbolically significant for Indo-China. The division proposed by the US not only divided Indo-China but also Vietnam which was experiencing an indigenous revolution. In Vietnam Britain would be responsible for Southern Annam and Cochinchina.
As part of this new approach Hopkins visited Paris and later in the spring a return visit was made by Georges Bidault, the French Foreign Minister, to Washington 32 Britain and the Origins of the Vietnam War where he was received by Vice-President Harry Truman. 236 The Japanese coup of 9 March in Indo-China clarified the IndoChinese issue further. 237 Now, symbolically, Indo-China had lost its association with Vichy France and had become an occupied territory in Southeast Asia with the French seeking to liberate an occupied people in the same vein as the British in Burma, Singapore, Malaya and Hong Kong, and the Dutch in the Netherlands East Indies.
British policy was ‘to help her [France] to recover her former strength and influence and to cultivate the closest possible relations with her. 143 It was important for Britain to defend the interests of all the colonial powers over both trusteeship and voluntary trusteeship lest a precedent be established that would destroy all colonial relationships. However, this represented much more than the future of colonial territories: the stability and security of post-war Western Europe were at stake, also economic regeneration and political harmony would be needed to face the potential threat from Russia.
Britain and the Origin of the Vietnam War: UK Policy in Indo-China, 1943-50 (Global Conflict Since 1945) by T. Smith