By S. Thompson
This publication examines the hyperlinks among Britain's withdrawal from its east of Suez function and the institution of South-East Asian nearby protection preparations. The hyperlink among those occasions isn't direct, yet a courting existed, that's vital to a much wider knowing of the improvement of neighborhood safeguard preparations.
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Military activity against Malaysia was already at a low level, and there was no need to risk a political backlash in Jakarta by reversing the anti-Malaysia policy, since most Indonesians appeared to support the campaign and such a move would give Sukarno more public support. 35 However, on 11 November 1965 Ambassador Gilchrist reported to London an American military attaché’s claim that, during a secret ‘liaison’ with the Generals, the latter had said that the top military leadership never really wanted Confrontation and that they were now no longer interested in it.
34 One idea that had emerged from various ofﬁcial committees to that point was that Britain would reduce its forces in South-East Asia to a minimal level but station them on the periphery of the region. While the Far East cost Britain the most in terms of regional defence spending, and yielded the least political and economic beneﬁts, it was also the area that was the most difﬁcult to leave. 35 However, ﬁnancial concerns continued to loom large. On 30 May 1965, McNamara met Healey in London where they discussed the 32 Regional Cooperation in South-East Asia, 1964–73 British defence budget.
However, another view was that the governments of many former colonies felt that if they contributed more ﬁnancially to their own defence, Britain would withdraw. Assistance from other countries might come if they regarded Britain’s role as essentially a contribution towards their stability, rather than as a core part of an allied defence force. Gordon Walker said that only Canada, Australia and India could make major contributions, although smaller ones could come from New Zealand and Nigeria.