INDO-CHINA: Toward Surrender

INDOCHINA

Near the bamboo conference hut at Trunggia, 25 miles north of Hanoi, the Vietnamese coolies were planting fresh green shoots for a new crop of rice. Communist Viet Minh soldiers watched them from the road. Inside the hut, beribboned French and Vietnamese truce officers faced five Communist officers across a long table. The three Vietnamese fidgeted uneasily in their seats: it was their country whose fate was being decided, but they were forgotten men there.

The Communists were cordial towards the Frenchmen, and they expansively had Western newspapermen round to tea; but...

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