World: SOUTH VIET NAM: BIRTH AT GENEVA

AT 10:42 a.m., Peking time, Wednesday, July 21, 1954, the war in Indo-China came to an end. The result had been a foregone conclusion since the ignominious French defeat by the Communist Viet Minh at Dienbienphu two months earlier. Even before that, diplomats from nine nations, halfway round the world in Geneva, had been working feverishly to hammer out the final peace settlement. Fearful that high-level participation in Geneva might put the U.S. in the position of approving a sellout to the Reds, President Eisenhower and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles were hesitant...

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