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A Dubious Compromise: October 1965–February 1966

Phuong Pham

in Ending 'East of Suez'

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199580361
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722691 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580361.003.0004

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

A Dubious Compromise: October 1965–February 1966

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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

Chapter.  12032 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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