By Nicholas Tarling
This booklet describes British coverage in Southeast Asia within the early years of worldwide warfare II. With its army power directed opposed to Germany, Britain drew on diplomatic assets to keep up its strength within the zone and to restrict the japanese chance. The e-book specializes in Britain's kinfolk with the US, Dutch India, the Philippines, French Indo-China and Thailand. Nicholas Tarling's large research of British information, and documentary fabric at the international rules of different states makes this a tremendous reinterpretation of the origins of the Pacific warfare.
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On the larger scale, Ashton-Gwatkin pointed out, American withdrawal from the Philippines and Japanese domination of them would mean that 'the ring of Japanese islands round the coast of China would be closed' - 'a calamity for the British Empire'. 111 The Manchuria episode added to the Hoover administration's concern over the moves for the independence of the Philippines. Opposing the recognition of Japan's regime, Stimson also insisted that the islands were 'a physical base for American influence - political, economic, and social in the Far East'.
The treaty could only be regarded as an attempt to ward offJapan, and that result would ... be more surely attained by a direct, and possibly informal, understanding between Great Britain and Japan like that between Britain and France over Siam. '. Then Japan would be athwart the line of communication between Singapore and Hong Kong and 'dangerously close' to British Borneo and British 38 BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1939 Malaya, 'the eastern gateway of the Empire. '. 122 Japanese domination of the Philippines, the British Admiralty believed, would be an unfortunate, even a dangerous, development, and would bring Japanese influence a long step nearer to Singapore and Australia.
Their economic interests had become very substantial, above all with the rise NETHERLANDS INDIA 21 of rubber, which, moreover, enjoyed a market in the US, and became a major dollar-earner, but defending them was to become more difficult. The rise of air power was also a threat. 46 But in the hands of the Japanese it was a threat to Singapore. That meant that it was necessary to build aerodromes in Malaya and, of course, to provide fighters based on them. The threat increased as the Japanese advanced and as the range of aircraft increased.
Britain, Southeast Asia and the Onset of the Pacific War by Nicholas Tarling