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Annamese Emperor Bao Dai, encouraged by Japan, declared independence in March 1945. cities. US bombers pounded the north as well as the Ho Chi Minh Trail supply line in Cambodia. During the 1968 Tet, Vietnam’s lunar new year, North Vietnam staged a massive assault on the south. Forces infiltrated Saigon, humiliating the USA by briefly Seeking reunification seizing its embassy. American Japan surrendered, public opinion turned decisively Ho Chi Minh against the involvement. established the Democratic Republic From 1969 the new US of Vietnam in the north.
Another coup on 20 June Head of state 1511, fought in the kingdom’s 1933 made Colonel Phanon King Bhumibol Adulyadej wars in return for trading rights. With Phomphayuhasena Prime Minister. Head of government Prime Minister their assistance, Ayutthaya resisted all Opposition to him resulted in a third, Constitution 2007 invasions until Burma prevailed in 1569. failed, coup on 11 October 1933. The king Legislature Most Ayutthayans were forcibly abdicated, fleeing to Europe in 1934. Bicameral National Assembly removed to Burma.
The landscape is dominated by the Red River in the north and the Mekong River in the south. Vietnamese are believed to be descended from southern Chinese who arrived about 4000 years ago. The northern Tonkin region came under the Hông Bàng Dynasty, the first unified Vietnamese state. After years of decline it was conquered by Han Chinese around 111 BCE. In 939 CE, led by people of the central Annam region, the Vietnamese expelled the Chinese. There followed a period of considerable growth. Buddhism became the state religion.
Australia's Asian Neighbours by Elizabeth Onslow