By T.O. Smith

ISBN-10: 0230298214

ISBN-13: 9780230298217

Installed the broader 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 was once prepared to sacrifice French colonial pursuits in Vietnam for his all-important 'special relationship' with the us.

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112 The CCS met on 22 November followed by a larger meeting with Roosevelt, Churchill, Mountbatten, Stilwell, Major-General Claire Chennault – Head of the American Air Force attached to China Theatre – and Hopkins to discuss Mountbatten’s plans for Southeast Asia. The Chinese delegation was invited to join the discussion the next day but the meeting quickly descended into a lethargic farce with first a Chinese general and then Madame Chiang Kai-Shek translating everything in tandem for Chiang. 113 The Chiang Kai-Sheks and Dr Wang Chung Hui dined with Roosevelt and Hopkins that evening.

He informed them that the Prime Minister had for weeks been blockading his plans which required their consultation. Churchill was ‘uneasy’ with this revelation and the Cabinet naturally demanded to see the plans. Eden was livid with the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary half-heartedly threatened to resign. Harvey was furious. 72 Foreign Office ire was evident for all to see. Churchill was also clearly upset with the continuing discussions concerning the character of the post-war world. He returned to the issue seven days later.

Welles and Connally were in complete agreement. S. and England could run the world by themselves’. Churchill knew how to work his audience. He was in his element acting as the charming host, pontificating on great Anglo-American issues. Even Wallace found the proposals alluring: ‘It was better bait than I anticipated’. But he did at least understand the difference between Churchill’s showmanship and more firmly held beliefs, ‘Churchill was not as definite as he sounded’. Nevertheless, upon leaving the embassy Wallace commented to Halifax that ‘it was the most encouraging conversation .

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