By Geoffrey Warner
Kenneth more youthful was once the quantity guy within the overseas workplace in the course of the ultimate interval of the Attlee executive, a very important aspect in post-war heritage. Now, his papers were accumulated for the 1st time, delivering new perception on modern occasions together with the Schuman Plan, the Korean warfare, German Rearmament, the japanese Peace Treaty and the Abadan situation. more youthful was once an inveterate diarist, and right here his insights into the grand video games of worldwide politics are accumulated for the 1st time.
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Extra info for In the Midst of Events The Foreign Office Diaries and Papers of Kenneth G. Younger, February 1950-October 1951 (British Politics and Society)
The Chinese communist regime had always feared that it might be drawn into the Korean conflict, but following the Inchon landings, the headlong retreat of the North Korean forces and the recapture of Seoul on 29 September 1950, it began suggesting, both in public and in private, that its troops would enter the war if UN forces, and particularly their majority American component, crossed the 38th parallel. These warnings were largely ignored or treated as bluff,16 but on 8 October 1950, the day after the passage of the British-sponsored resolution in the General Assembly and the crossing of the 38th parallel by US troops, Mao Zedong issued the order committing Chinese Volunteers’ to the Korean War.
Presumably that means that for the next few months at least we are to pursue our present policy with the object of ‘keeping the door open’ in China without paying too much attention to American susceptibilities, while they will feel free to carry on their relations with the Nationalists in Formosa without much regard to its effect on our position. It seems to me that there is a danger that in this way we will get the worse of both worlds. It seems clear that in the short run we are not going to get much change out of the Peking Government.
The Indians feared however that it would bring China into the war. The rest of us thought it would not. So far it looks as if we would be proved right. This item was a great start for me, and helped to put me on the map here. 12 To judge from private comments, this has been thought to be a welcome change from Hector’s13 polemics. V[y]shinsky14 was on the whole mild by his previous standards. Of course he opposed us, but he does not so far seem anxious to make a big thing of it. My view is that the Russians know that Korea has been a setback for them; but they think [the] USA & all of us will make a mess of the settlement & that within a quite short time Korea will fall into their lap once more.
In the Midst of Events The Foreign Office Diaries and Papers of Kenneth G. Younger, February 1950-October 1951 (British Politics and Society) by Geoffrey Warner