Thatcher Wanted to Buy Island for Vietnamese Boat People in 1979

Documents released under the UK’s 30 year rule (requiring many Government documents to be turned over to the National Archives after 30 years) reveal that former PM Margaret Thatcher considered the possibility of buying an Indonesian or Philippine island not only for the staging and screening of Vietnamese boat people, but also as a place of resettlement for the Vietnamese.

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