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Negotiating China's Destiny in World War II$
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Hans van de Ven, Diana Lary, and Stephen MacKinnon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804789660

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804789660.001.0001

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Postwar Sino-French Negotiations about Vietnam, 1945–1946

Postwar Sino-French Negotiations about Vietnam, 1945–1946

(p.205) 12 Postwar Sino-French Negotiations about Vietnam, 1945–1946
Negotiating China's Destiny in World War II

Yang Weizhen

Stanford University Press

Yang Weizhen’s examination of Sino-French negotiations about Vietnam complement Bastid-Bruguiere’s account of the fading French influence in East Asian international relations. After Japan’s surrender, Chinese troops entered Vietnam; Japanese commanders handed over to Chinese officials. However, the Chinese retreated quickly from Vietnam, in part because they did not have the forces to occupy Vietnam and were already overextended. Conflicts between the central government and local powerholders in south China meant that it was in the interest of the central government to halt China’s engagement in Vietnamese affairs. Moreover, the Chinese Foreign Ministry had maintained good relations from 1944 with the Free French of Charles de Gaulle, whom Chiang Kaishek had assured that China had no interests in Vietnam. Chiang needed his collaboration in securing the ending of French privileges in China. And so, France ended the war in Vietnam, although Ho Chi Minh had already achieved major succeses.

Keywords:   Vietnam, Free French of Charles de Gaulle, Chiang Kaishek, Sino-French negotiations, Word War II, China, France

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