This volume constitutes a continuation of the coverage of United States policy
with respect to Indochina which was previously provided 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
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
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 Relations 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, Government 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 published materials found most useful in the preparation of this volume are mentioned in Part B of the list of sources.