Vietnam was considered a colonial territory of what European nation from 1887 to 1954?
Vietnam was part of French Indochina, French colonial territories in Southeast Asia. But the Nazi invasion of France in 1940 weakened France's ability to control its colonial territories. Japan took control of Vietnam and occupied the area with the goal to control China's southern border. Neither the Japanese or the French maintained control of colonial Vietnam. By 1954, when France formally relinquished its claim to that area, the US was involved in the South, supporting Ngo Dinh Diem, while Ho Chi Minh led the communists in the North and established the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Vietnam had been occupied for years. Freedom from colonial powers was replaced with a hot war between the Soviet Union and the US in Vietnam.
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