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The Chinese Trap

Stein Tønnesson

in Vietnam 1946

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780520256026
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944602 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520256026.003.0003
The Chinese Trap

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The March 6 agreement is always connected in the literature with the wars in Vietnam. It is often seen as a sign of a temporary French moderation which has tragic consequences, and it was later on abandoned. It is believed that the agreement resulted from an authentic willingness to compromise due to French realization that a long-drawn-out war against a Vietnamese resistance movement would be a disaster. Jean Sainteny, the chief negotiator in Hanoi, and General Philippe Leclerc, commander of the Corps expeditionnaire d'Extreme-Orient, are seen as pragmatists who, with support from the socialist minister for Overseas France, Marius Moutet, pursued a policy of accord in March 1946, notwithstanding the opposition of High Commissioner d'Argenlieu and other hard-liners. Sainteny and Leclerc have been given much of the credit for the fact that an agreement was reached.

Keywords: March 1946; agreement; French; Jean Sainteny; Philippe Leclerc

Chapter.  12600 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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