By T.O. Smith
Put within the wider context of British imperial and diplomatic goals in 1941-1945, the ebook clarifies the significance of Vietnam to Britain's nearby pursuits in Southeast Asia; concluding that Churchill used to be keen to sacrifice French colonial pursuits in Vietnam for his all-important 'special dating' with the United States.
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The Foreign Office was determined to ascertain Chinese post-war intentions. After lunch Eden and Cadogan entered the fray. Eden and Cadogan talked with Dr Wang Chung Hui at length about the possibility of an AngloChinese agreement. The Chinese hosted a large tea party that evening at their villa. No agreement with the Chinese appeared to be forthcoming. 123 Churchill was not aided by Roosevelt who had returned to the themes of his anti-colonial agenda from Casablanca. 124 Yet Roosevelt was also thrown off course by Chiang and the demands of his wife.
Eden’s problem however was – whose France did he wish to support? The State Department only wanted to do business with Marshal Henri Philippe Petain and the Vichy authorities. The Foreign Office sponsored support for de Gaulle and the Free French movement based in London. 62 He was willing to appease Vichy on the one hand and maintain his turbulent relationship with de Gaulle on the other. This suited Churchill’s flexible approach to post-war issues and avoided any confrontations with the State Department which might antagonise his union with Roosevelt.
64 Eden not only faced opposition from Brooke. He also met with resistance to his postwar strategy from Clement Attlee, the Deputy Prime Minister. Attlee favoured the creation of an international system of colonial management. Eden was not against internationalised management systems. 66 By October, the Foreign Office had created two policy papers dealing with post-war issues. The first paper proposed the adoption of the Foreign Office-inspired Four-Power Plan – the four powers being Britain, the United States, Russia and China.