Questions on Singapore's importance in British Strategy in The Far East

Hi, I am a secondary school student who lives in Singapore. As part of our curriculum we learn about the British Surrender in Singapore and the eventual consequences of it.

But there’s a few pressing questions in my head throughout the years…

  1. What was the British Strategy in the Far East in response to Japanese Aggression, was there a war plan, or existing doctrines to hold a Far East Theatre?

  2. Why was Singapore so Important to British Strategy in South East Asia? Was it because of Naval Supremacy in the region? Was it because it was a gateway to the Orient?

  3. and if so, what was the ideal way that Singapore was to be used in a war according to that strategy?

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