VIET NAM: Who Is Ho?

Participants in a furious jungle war were finding peace a reluctant prize. Last year the "Republic" of Viet Nam (almost half the size of France), formerly part of French Indo-China, waged a fierce minor struggle for independence from France. At Fontainebleau last week, the French-Viet Nam peace conference broke wide open, seriously endangering France's already tottering colonial policy. Chiefly responsible was Viet Nam's self-styled "President" Ho Chin Minh.

Before he would join France's projected Indo-Chinese Federation, Ho demanded: 1) Viet Nam's right to manage its own foreign affairs without interference by...

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