JAVA: Partnership, No

Southeast Asia's contagion of nationalism plagued the Dutch last week.

The rich tin mines and oil pools of The Netherlands East Indies had been prize loot for the Japanese. Dropping all such stolen property last month, the Japs took time to throw a sharp tack in the path of the former owners. On Java they granted independence to a "Republic of Indonesia." Its head: Dutch-educated Soekarno, 40, a longtime, long-winded nationalist orator.

When Britain, helping out the Dutch, sent Lieut. General Sir Philip Christison to Batavia rioting broke out on Java. The...

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