By Tilman Remme

Britain and nearby Cooperation in South-East Asia, 1945-49 lines the test via the British overseas workplace to set up a world nearby business enterprise in South-East Asia which might let Britain to dominate the area politically, economically and militarily. Tilman Remme explores the altering emphasis of Britain's local regulations 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 improvement of Anglo-American relatives in Asia and the beginnings of the chilly struggle.

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5 The announcement of an imminent rice crisis helped to speed up the appointment of the Special Commissioner in South-East Asia. After the cabinet meeting on 31 January, Bevin suggested to Attlee that the new Special Commissioner should be charged with coordinating South-East Asian food supplies. His choice for the new post was Lord Killearn, the British ambassador in Egypt. 7 He was in his mid-sixties and realised that it was either Singapore or retirement. After Bevin told the cabinet about the new appointment on 11 February an official committee on South-East Asian food supplies was appointed in London under the chairmanship of Lord Nathan, a junior minister.

9 However, while Mountbatten temporarily succeeded in appeasing Burmese nationalism (before the return to civil government in October brought matters to a head), armed conflicts soon broke out in other parts of South-East Asia. 10 As a result, a power vacuum existed in the Japanese-held territories that was playing into the hands of both Indonesian and Vietnamese nationalists. In Indonesia, as in Burma, the Japanese had since 1942 fostered nationalist movements to increase local cooperation. On 17 August 1945, the Indonesian nationalist leader, Sukarno, used the opportunity of the Japanese surrender to proclaim an inde-pendent Indonesian republic.

4 As a first measure to deal with the food crisis, the cabinet grudgingly decided to modify claims for free rice from Thailand, hoping that a postponement of British repa-ration demands would increase Thai rice supplies. 5 The announcement of an imminent rice crisis helped to speed up the appointment of the Special Commissioner in South-East Asia. After the cabinet meeting on 31 January, Bevin suggested to Attlee that the new Special Commissioner should be charged with coordinating South-East Asian food supplies.

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