Geneva and Its Implications

Geneva and Its Implications - After Dien Bien Phu Vietminh...

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After Dien Bien Phu, Vietminh controlled 2/3 of Vietnam In was unrealistic to expect war would be settled apart from conflict First Indochina war settled at international conference in Geneva, Summer 1954 o Attended by US, Britain, France, USSR, PRC, Vietminh, State of Vietnam o Purpose: to solve problem of restoring peace in Indochina Outcome reflected diplomatic and potential military power o Objectives US: entered with great reluctance Couldn’t easily accept any loss of free Asia to communists Dulles: upset by participation of Communist China Only way he and Chinese negotiator would meet is if their cars collided Hoped proceedings would fail Declined to commit its forces to battle in Vietnam for three reasons Although loss of territory of free Asia to communism was unpopular, the prospect of another Korea type ground war was even less popular France was simply unwilling to do any more fighting o Couldn’t supplement potential American ground troops By late June, the communist side had softened position o A settlement less unfavorable seemed more possible o Communists had originally insisted on unilateral, rapid withdrawal of French By June 1954, DRV was obliged to accept a temporary territorial division of Vietnam, and a comprehensive internationally supervised settlement
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o US also compromised Salvage as much as possible of non- communist Indochina Draw a line across Vietnam in the middle US would take responsibility for building anti- communist regime south of that line US would take responsibility for defending Laos and Cambodia o In the end, US got what it wanted Refused to sign final declaration Issued declaration that promised to refrain from the use of force to disturb the Geneva settlement o The Communists were much more enthusiastic about
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This note was uploaded on 06/13/2009 for the course HIST 218 taught by Professor Lieberman during the Winter '08 term at University of Michigan.

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Geneva and Its Implications - After Dien Bien Phu Vietminh...

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