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The Winds of Change, May 1948–January 1950

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Part of the Global Conflict and Security since 1945 book series (GCON)

Abstract

The new post of Commissioner-General took effect in March 1948. However, MacDonald did not begin to enact British policy until May when he returned from his holiday in Canada. There was thus no formal handover or briefing by Killearn, who had retired to Britain. In London, Foreign Office officials were ‘seriously concerned’ about IndoChina and asked Dening to discuss the matter with MacDonald, who would be passing through, ‘particularly as the French are obviously losing grip and we see no real prospects of a settlement’.1

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Notes

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