Vietnamese Communists’ Relations with China and the Second Indochina Conflict, 1956–1962

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About the Book

According to the final declaration of the 1954 Geneva Conference, general elections were to be held in July 1956 that would lead to the reunification of North and South Vietnam. The Geneva agreement was, however, doomed from the start, as the South Vietnamese leaders did not suscribe to it and the leaders of the Communist North saw its value primarily as propaganda. By 1956 it was obvious that reunification was impossible, and the North Vietnamese looked to China for advice and assistance.
Based on Vietnamese, Chinese, American and British sources—many only recently made available—this work examines Sino-Vietnamese relations in the early stages of the second Indochina conflict and reveals that the Hanoi government was remarkably in control of its own decision-making.

About the Author(s)

Ang Cheng Guan is an associate professor at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Bibliographic Details

Ang Cheng Guan
Format: softcover (5.5 x 8.5)
Pages: 331
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012 [1997]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7373-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2690-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     v
List of Abbreviations     ix
Introduction     1

1. January 1956–July 1956     11
2. August 1956–December 1956     31
3. January 1957–December 1957     49
4. January 1958–December 1958     73
5. January 1959–May 1959     93
6. May 1959–December 1959     115
7. January 1960–July 1960     133
8. August 1960–December 1960     155
9. December 1960–October 1961     179
10. October 1961–July 1962     205
Conclusion     231

Notes     237
Bibliography     291
Index     315

Book Reviews & Awards

“most welcome…the author has succeeded in doing what he set out achieve…the author goes deeply into events in Indochina and draws a very detailed picture of the situation in those years on the Communist side…highly recommended…valuable in shedding much-needed light on the Communist side of the Second Vietnam War during its early stage”—Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies; “valuable…the author does an excellent job of surveying the period”—The China Quarterly.