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An appraisal of the Vietnam conflict from Hanoi's standpoint. Four areas are investigated: Hanoi's assumptions regarding the United States and the Government of Vietnam; its assessment of the current balance of forces; its maneuvering within the Sino-Soviet rift; and its standpoint on negotiations. While changes in the military picture have altered Hanoi's tactics, they have not altered overall strategy of Hanoi's view of the war as a "just war" in which intangible assets, not readily susceptible to military pressure, will result in resolution of the final contradiction between "the enemy and us," without repeating the error of a ceasefire prior to negotiation. (To be published as a chapter in John Boettiger (ed.), [Vietnam and American Diplomacy]). 40 pp. Bibliog.

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