Ritchie, General Sir Neil
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Singapore. A brief background of the South East Asian situation as it exists today. Then, Malaya and the situation there. A description of South East Asia. The enormous Chinese populations of South East Asia. The really remarkable change in the attitude of the Chinese towards war over the last few years and reasons why. This change illustrated in Korea. The problem of rice. The great number of unauthorized weapons in the hands of irresponsible and unscrupulous individuals: a feature of change as between the pre-war era and the present day as the result of the war. The solution to get all these weapons under control, but the impossibility of doing so, as experienced by the British Empire in India, and in Palestine. Malaya as a mirror which reflects far more what happens outside it than what goes on within. The troubles there over the last four years wholly Communist inspired. The country and the climate of Malaya, and the complications caused by them. The need to resettle the "squatters" in areas where they can be controlled. The British fighting forces in Malaya. The life of the rubber planter and the miner in Malaya. Living in constant and unceasing fear of death at the hands of bandits. The situation in Malaya improved from a year ago, but what goes on there still a reflection of what goes on outside, chiefly in China. Korea and its very direct effect on the areas to the south of it. Korea as an illustration of the ineffectiveness of Russian tactics in battle. India and the importance of that country in Far Eastern affairs. The surge of nationalism seen in South East Asia since the war. Accepting the ambition of autonomy for colonial peoples and trying to assist them in achieving their fulfillment. Different opinions as to when a country is fit for self-government. The speaker's belief that these Colonies can become self-governing and, if handled correctly, can remain self-governing within the British Commonwealth. The need for a clear and unified policy laid down between the Western democratic people and the people of South East Asia. The importance of Britain and the United States working together towards a common end in South East Asia.