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Ending 'East of Suez'The British Decision to Withdraw from Malaysia and Singapore 1964-1968$
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P. L. Pham

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580361

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580361.001.0001

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A Dubious Compromise: October 1965–February 1966

A Dubious Compromise: October 1965–February 1966

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(p.58) 3 A Dubious Compromise: October 1965–February 1966
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Ending 'East of Suez'
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Phuong Pham

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580361.003.0004

Chapter 3 traces the period up to the publication of the Defence White Paper in February 1966. During this time, the Wilson Government continued to develop its plans to withdraw from Singapore to Australia, hiding this work from the ANZUS allies. These allies were adamant that they would not accept a voluntary British withdrawal from a central strategic node of Southeast Asia. With no agreement in sight, the Wilson Government hastily revised its plans at the last moment, rephrasing its intentions to state that it would stay in Singapore ‘as long as conditions allowed’. While publishing this intent in the Defence White Paper, to the satisfaction of the allies, the Government secretly expected and hoped that conditions in Singapore would soon come to force it to withdraw.

Keywords:   Wilson government, defence white paper, Singapore, Australia, ANZUS

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