Britain and the Origins of the Vietnam War: UK Policy in by T. Smith

By T. Smith

British international coverage in the direction of Vietnam illustrates the evolution of Britain's place inside of global geopolitics, 1943-1950. It displays the swap of the Anglo-US dating from equality to dependence, and demonstrates Britain's altering organization with its colonies and with the opposite eu imperial spheres inside of southeast Asia.

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We regard a strong and friendly France as an essential factor for our post-war security’. 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.

142 In April the Foreign Office replied to Dening’s misgivings about French motives. British policy was ‘to help her [France] to recover her former strength and influence and to cultivate the closest possible relations with her. We regard a strong and friendly France as an essential factor for our post-war security’. 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.

127 At the beginning of January 1945 Halifax again broached Foreign Office concerns with Stettinius, who informed Halifax that Roosevelt still thought that any political or military action over Indo-China was premature and that the President intended to raise the issue with Churchill. 128 Two days later Halifax met with Roosevelt and attempted to resolve the deadlock over SEAC and French clandestine operations in Indo-China. Roosevelt cryptically responded that ‘if we felt it important we had better tell Mountbatten to do it and ask no questions.

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