INDO-CHINA: Fall of a Strong Man


Last week Nguyen Van Tam resigned as Premier of Viet Nam, biggest and most important of the three Associated States of Indo-China. In the strange tangle of intrigue and paradox that is Vietnamese internal politics, Tam, once an ardently pro-French pet of the French, had lost out in a struggle for power with wily Chief of State Bao Dai.

Up to six months ago, Nguyen Van Tam was a strong man in Viet Nam. Born 58 years ago to a family of small merchants, he was educated in France, became a lawyer, teacher...

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