On September 2, 1945, President of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh announces Vietnamese independence: “We hold the truth that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” 1 Ho Chi Minh quoted the exact words of the U.S. Declaration of Independence in an effort to convince the U.S. government to recognize the independence of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh had been fighting for independence from French colonial rule set in place since 1884. However, during WWII, the France colonial power was weakened due to German infiltration at the French border. Japanese forces took advantage of their state and made demands from French authorities for control over the Vietnamese border to prevent the flow of arms and supplies to China. U.S. attention was brought towards Japanese occupancy of Vietnam as they sought to create a trading coalition of Asian countries and expel Western trade. As the French gave in to Japanese demands, the U.S. began to show more approval for Vietnamese
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