The British Defence Secretary, Lord Carrington, arrived in Singapore today (Saturday) to begin talks on the size and shape of Britain's future contribution to the defence of Malaysia and Singapore.
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Background: The British Defence Secretary, Lord Carrington, arrived in Singapore today (Saturday) to begin talks on the size and shape of Britain's future contribution to the defence of Malaysia and Singapore. The talks with the governments of Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand will be the first since the Conservative Government took office in London last month and promised to retain a British military presence in the region.
Lord Carrington arrived at Singapore's RAAF Changi air base on VC-10 of the RAAF Air Support Command after refuelling stops in Bahrein and the Maldive Islands.
Informed sources in Singapore said Lord Carrington was expected to make firm proposals when he meets Singapore's Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, on Monday. It's understood Singapore wants see and air defence support from Britain rather than ground troops and would make known its requirements in the light of Lord Carrington's views.
The sources said Britain's reoccupation of former bases was also likely to be raised at the meeting. Britain was to have abandoned all her bases in the region by the end of 1971-a decision announced by the former British Labour Government.
One result of the 10-day tour by British Defence Secretary is expected to be a five-power defence conference setting up a joint organisation in the South East Asia area.