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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1952-1954. Indochina (in two parts)
(1952-1954)

Introduction,   pp. VII ff. PDF (419.5 KB)


Page VII


                      INTRODUCTION
  This volume constitutes a continuation of the coverage of FUnited
States policy with respect to Indochina which was previously pro-
vided in annual East Asian volumes of the Foreign Relations series.
For the 1951 compilation on Indochina, see Foreign Relations, 1951,
volume VI, pages 332 ff. The documentation printed here is presented
in chronological order. Within each given day, papers are arranged
according to Washington time of occurrence or receipt to the extent
that it was possible to determine it.
  The material in this volume should be considered in connection with
the compilation on the policy of the United States with respect to the
East Asian-Pacific area in general, in volume XII. That collection
includes numerous papers which deal with Indochina in the context
of overall policy toward Asia and Southeast Asia. Documentation on
the question of Indochina also appears in the national security policy
compilation in volume II, in various compilations on international
conferences in volume V, and in the material on relations of the
United States with France in volume VI.
  Documentation on the Geneva Conference of April-July 1954 is
presented in volume XVI. Generally speaking, papers concerning
events in Indochina and the development of basic American policy
regarding the area during the period of the conference are included
here, while the negotiations themselves and policy decisions intimately
related to them are detailed in volume XVI. Cross references to papers
in the Geneva Conference volume and other collections have been
supplied here in order to provide an unbroken account of events and a
comprehensive guide to all material on Indochina in the Foreign Re-
lations series.
  This, volume should also be considered in light of the material
already published in United States Department of Defense, United
States-Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967, 12 volumes (Washington, Gov-
ernment Printing Office, 1971), particularly Books 1, 2, 8, 9, and 10.
Appropriate cross references to documents in the "Pentagon Papers"
have been supplied as necessary throughout the volume. Other pub-
lished materials found most useful in the preparation of this volume
are mentioned in Part B of the list of sources.
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