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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1948. The Far East and Australasia
(1948)

Southeast Asia,   pp. 19-645 PDF (236.5 MB)


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SOUTHEAST ASIA
                    FRENCH INDOCHINA
THE INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES IN NATIONALIST OPPOSITION
      TO THE RESTORATION OF FRENCH RULE IN INDOCHINA1I
851g.00/1-2948: Circular airgram
        The Secretary of State to Certain Diplomatic and.,
                        Consular Ofeer82
CONFIDENTIAL             WASHINGTON, January 29,1948-1: 10 p. m.
  Amembassy, New Delhi, has reported following regarding the Gov-
ernment of India's attitude toward Indochina as furnished by official
External Affairs Dept:
   "As frequently expressed by Nehru,: India has deep sympathy for
efforts southeast Asian countries fulfill national aspirations and im-
prove their peoples living standards. Notwithstanding this India will
hesitate submit question Indochina UN because (1) France as per-
manent member SC could veto any action contrary French interests
and (2) GOI not convinced Vietnam exercises de facto authority Indo-
china or, in contrast Indonesia, it represents viewpoint majority
Indochinese. For time being India's sympathy Indochinese aspirations
will take negative forms such as refusing permit India be used as base
French operations in Indochina and GOI will not take positive steps
toward intervention, Lastly India would not like submit Indochinese
question UN as long as GOI GOP dispute regarding Kashmir under
consideration by UN.
   "Embassy feels that above represents true picture of External
 Affairs Ministry's attitude. This attitude, however, subject to reversal
 in case Nehru becomes imbued with feeling that French oppressing
 Indochinese in view his frequent emotional approach such problems.
 Extremely unlikely India will take any action regarding Indochina
 until decision re dispute with Pakistan handed down by UN."
                                                        MARSHMAL
   Continued from Foreign Relations, 1947, vol. vi. For additional documentation
 on United States policy with respect to Indochina during 1948, see United
States
 Department of Defense, United States-Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967, 12 vols.
 (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1971), Books 1 and 8.
   'At Bangkok, London, Moscow, Nanking, Paris, Saigon, and Hanoi.
   3 Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian Prime Minister.
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