Contending with Nationalism and Communism: British Policy by Peter Lowe (auth.)

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It was very difficult or impossible to reconcile such disparate elements. The pace was at first set by the Vietminh. Ho Chi Minh decided that he must seize the opportunity and claim legitimacy for the movement he led. He issued a passionate appeal to the Vietnamese people to unite and insist upon achieving independence now. 98 The importance of this action was that it gave the nationalist movement a legitimacy that could not be removed. Ho had taken the initiative and this was not lost thereafter.

The memory of this day will be forever in my mind ... This is my last message to Burma: may peace and friendship forever be maintained between Burma and Great Britain. 83 On 4 January 1948, Burma became an independent republic outside the Commonwealth. ’84 The appeal was not to be heeded. The Return of Colonialism, 1945–48 27 Indochina Britain had to some extent intervene in the tangled politics of French administration in Indochina before the start of the Pacific War. The collapse of the Third Republic in June 1940 rendered the predicament of the significant French colony most invidious.

155 Bevin met the American secretary of state, General George Marshall, in Paris in October 1948. 156 40 Contending with Nationalism and Communism Malcolm MacDonald warned from Singapore on 1 December of the grave consequences ensuing from repressive Dutch action against the Indonesian Republic. Communist parties throughout South East Asia, from the Viet Minh in Indo-China, to the Malayan Communist Party in its jungle hideouts, would exploit the situation in their propaganda.

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