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It had paid back its lend-lease debt 28. F. C. Erasmus to Johnson, 15 June 1950, FRUS: 1950, 5:1826-27; "Memorandum of Conver sation with G. P. Jooste," 20 April 1951, Acheson Papers, box 66. 29. "Minutes of the Meeting of the American Members of the Combined Policy Committee," 25 April 1950, FRUS: 1950, 1:551-52. 30. "Memorandum of Conversation by Mr. Clarence A. Wendel of the Office of the Under Secretary of State," 12 July 1950; FRUS: 1950, 1:566-67; Acheson to Jooste, 24 August 1950, FRUS: 1950, 1:571; "Memorandum of Conversation with Dr.

The surge of African nationalism unleashed by World War 1l created problems in South Africa. The government of Jan Christiaan Smuts feared that the economic and political weakness of Great Britain would force South Africa to stand alone against the demands of its black majority. Furthermore, the Labour government in London was far less sympathetic to the white regime in Pretoria than the wartime Tory administration had been. Britain's acceptance of independence for India, Pakistan, and Burma convinced many in South Africa that it would be otily a short time before British Africa also succeeded in gaining freedom.

Dr. T. E. Donges, Malan's minister of the interior, met with Acheson and criticized Truman for allowing private citizens openly to attack the Union. S. policy toward South-Africa. The sudden nedfor immediate assistance in the battle against communism overwhelmed all other consider ations. Administration officials concluded that they could not risk the loss of an 25. John Erhardt to Acheson, 3 October 1950, FRUS: 1950, 5:1834-37; Bernard Connelly to the Department of State, 12 May 1950, State Department Correspondence, box 37, Truman Library.

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