Western Nations in Postwar Asia
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 9 Oct 1945, p. 30-41
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Western Nations in Postwar Asia

A concern with the problems which lie in wait for Western powers in those countries of Asia, which they at present hold as dependencies. The general problem summed up by Mr. Walter Lippmann in "United States Foreign Policy." Some quotations from that book. Some reflections on the text. A look at the changes over the last 20 years with regard to countries under "Western tutelage": India, Burma, Ceylon, the East Indies, Indo-China, the Philippines, Syria and Lebanon. The real danger not that the Western Empires will refuse independence to subject countries, but that they will sink back and imagine that the job is done. Realising that a new relationship between the West and the East is an essential contribution towards solving the problems of peace and prosperity in Asia. The growth of nationalism in Asia, and how it has been greatly accelerated by the course of the war. The developing and final blow to the doctrine of white supremacy. "Asia for the Asiatics." Two principles of practice which should govern our dealings with the East; one having to do with disentangling ourselves from political commitments which perpetuate Western domination, and the other with mutual respect. A consideration of what western interests in Asia will be when we have relieved ourselves of our direct interest in and responsibility for internal good government: the three categories of trade, communications, and strategic security. A brief discussion of each. How these interests do not run counter to the interests of the peoples of Asia themselves. Substituting white supremacy by partnership based on mutual respect, forbearance and patience. The greatest danger that effective civil government may fail to establish itself when imperial control is withdrawn. Responsibility for seeing that the danger is avoided. Avoiding international strife. The situation in the Middle East. Christians versus Moslems and repercussions for Asia. The question of the future control of the Suez Canal, wrapped up in the delicate problems of Britain's position in Egypt. Oil: who owns it, who needs it and the trouble that might cause. India also as a danger spot, depending on how independence is handled and what happens thereafter. The peculiar source of danger in South-East Asia, Ceylon, Burma, Malaya, Indo-China, and the Dutch East Indies with regard to immigrant foreign minorities. An illustration of the problem. Some words on India, on the threshold of complete self-government. India's importance in the future relations between the West and the East. India as the natural link between the West and Asia both culturally and strategically.