ARMED STRUGGLE (FIRST PHASE 1947-49)
Ho Chi Minh's tactics had been successful in persuading certain sections of French opinion of his position as a genuine nationalist leader. Not unsurprisingly, they were even more successful in other countries of Asia, where the Viet Minh was genuinely held to be a coalition of nationalist groups opposed to imperialism rather than a façade concealing the manoeuvres of a powerful Communist group which was rapidly eliminating all political rivals.
OPEN ALLEGIANCE WITH THE SOVIET BLOC
recent speeches by Ho have been in the same vein. In a speech in April, 1952 (Viet Minh broadcast April 5 1952) he referred to Comrades Stalin and Mao Tse Tung as 'the most clear sighted, the most worthy elder brothers, friends of mankind.'
RECENT TRENDS - EXPANSION
Since 1950 there have been signs of two new trends in Communist policy in Indo-China. The Viet Minh has turned its attention to the two non-Vietnamese states of Cambodia and Laos, and there has been an increased emphasis on the peasants.
The first sign of this new peasant policy was an article which stated that 'the most important prerequisite for the consolidation of the patriotic forces of Viet Nam is the carrying out of agrarian reform and the distribution of land to the peasants.' This theme was also stressed by Ho Chi Minh in his anniversary message.
Since the great majority of the people of Vietnam were peasants, and since they formed 'the pillars of the resistance movement,' it was necessary to 'favour the peasants in every way.'
it can be seen that within the many tactical subterfuges and complexities which have been necessary, Ho Chi Minh has pursued a consistent policy which reveals him as an orthodox Communist political activist who devoted his career to gaining control of Indo-Chinese nationalism.
He is dedicated to turning this nationalism into a revolutionary movement in
the Communist pattern, which if successful, will draw Indo-China into the Communist
bloc and substantially increase the future threat of Communism in adjacent Asian