210 Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States, to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram 1185 WASHINGTON, 20 December 1941, 2.49 1pP.m.
My telegram 1149.  I have now seen all relevant senior
individuals here on this matter and have strongly pressed Prime
Minister's  principal points.
While lip service is paid to the importance of Singapore its
importance is clearly subordinated to Philippines in American
minds. If you could telegraph me strongly considered statement by
Prime Minister together if possible with Chief[s] of Staff's
appreciation of Singapore in relation to the whole South West
Pacific area and Indian Ocean with instructions to make
representations in highest quarters I believe it would be most
useful. Suggest include picture of situation that would exist in
South West Pacific, Australia and Indian Ocean if Singapore were
to fall into Japanese hands.
If Commonwealth Government can also induce Chinese, Netherlands
and New Zealand Governments to put forward similar representations
to United States so much the better.
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