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How did Vietnam become a divided country?

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04/29/2011

After France's defeat, an international peace conference met in Geneva to discuss the future of Indochina. Based on these talks, Vietnam was divided at 17 degrees north latitude. North of that line, Ho Chi Mihn's Communist forces governed. to the south, the United States and France set up an anti-Communist government under the leadership of Ngo Dinh Diem (NOH dihn D'YEM).