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    Wars of French colonization in Indochina

    The French had total control over norther Vietnam following its victory over China in the Sino-French war in 1884 to 85. French Indochina was formed in october 1887 for Annam, Tokin Cochinchina which is modern day Vietnam, and the Kingdom of Cambodia: Laos was added after the Franco-Siamese War in 1893. Source:"French Indochina." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 01 Feb. 2014. Web. 09 Jan. 2014.
  • Japanese Authorities

    Japanese briefly assume direct rule in Indochina and recognize the independence of Vietnam. Following the end of hostilities, British and U.S. military forces assist the French attempt to reestablish colonial rule in Indochina.
  • Selling Arms to France

    The State Department declares that it will approve arm sales to France, except for use in Indochina
  • A Letter for Peace

    Ho Chi Minh sends a letter – via the British Consul - to the French President appealing for peace. He writes "...we want our unity and our independence within the French Union; we want, a just peace which will do honor both to France and to Vietnam"
  • Support from China

    The Viet Minh receive military advisors and weapons from China.
  • Independence of Indo China

    On june 1952, Sihanouk announced the dismissal of his cabinet, suspended the constitution, and assumed control of the government as prime minister. In March 1953, Sihanouk went to France. Ostensibly, he was traveling for his health; actually, he was mounting an intensive campaign to persuade the French to grant complete independence. The climate of opinion in Cambodia at the time was such that if he did not achieve full independence quickly, the people were likely to turn to Son Ngoc Thanh and t