British Military Withdrawal and the Rise of Regional by S. Thompson

By S. Thompson

This e-book examines the hyperlinks among Britain's withdrawal from its east of Suez position and the institution of South-East Asian local safeguard preparations. The hyperlink among those occasions isn't direct, yet a dating existed, that's very important to a much broader knowing of the advance of local defense preparations.

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Also cancelled was the British Avro Shackleton maritime aircraft; a version of British De Havilland’s Comet was to be developed in its place, with an estimated saving of £28 million. The BAC’s TSR-2 was also scrapped in favour of American General Dynamics’ F-111 Aardvark, with a total saving of £300 million. 30 Long-Term Policy and Short-Term Problems, 1964–65 31 In December 1964, after the Chequers talks, the Chief of Defence Staff commissioned a series of studies from the Defence Planning Staff that examined defence savings.

The paper further stated that while Beijing was likely to pursue anti-Western policies and back local communist movements in Asia, it would do so by means short of direct military action. Current Western influence depended on military power, but this would not always be the case. In the future, the presence of foreign bases might be counter-productive. The Foreign Office paper of December 1964 said that Britain’s long-term aim should be a ‘neutralised South-East Asia’ as the best hope for ensuring the region would not become anti-West.

Yet by the middle of 1965, there was still no consensus. Foreign Office officials tended to say that commitments should not be abandoned without making a strong effort to maximise capabilities. Ministry of Defence officials, on the other hand, seemed to think that the Foreign Office was unrealistic to expect this. They believed that if equipment expenditure had to be cut, so too did commitments, and questioned what would be the precise role for British forces in South-East Asia if Britain’s military presence moved to the periphery of the region.

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