British Colonial Interests in Southeast Asia
The presence of a large ethnic Chinese population in British territories in Southeast Asia and the traditional links between overseas Chinese and their country of origin meant that internal developments in China had always affected local politics in places like Malaya and Singapore. Hong Kong, situated on the doorstep of China, was even more vulnerable to political changes on the mainland. This was true when the Kuomintang was in power; the communization of China accentuated the linkage. Precisely because of the different locations of these territories, their distinctive domestic political situations, and degrees of dependence on China, British colonial administrations in Southeast Asia reacted differently to the London’s decision to recognize the Beijing government. As demonstrated in Chapter 2, while the Hong Kong government supported the decision, the administrations in Malaya and Singapore accepted it with great reluctance.
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