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He believed that "a n a rrangement had been made" between the two w ithou t the cogn izance of his predecessor, Lt. Ge n . Joseph W. Stil well 26 Despite the concern occaSionall y voiced by Ambassador Hurley and others, American cla n destine contacts and activities in Indochi na before the spring of 1945 had little or no effect on th e in tern al situation in Indochina or on Allied policy. Their importance lay in the fact that th rough them American commande rs in the Ch ina theater came to depend upon intell igence gathered from In dochi na.

780. 23 Advice alld Support: The Early Years, 1941 - 1960 ary corps to Southeast Asia. 12 The president even refu sed to sa nction lowlevel in telligence and com ma ndo-type operations in Indoc hina involving French participation. " 13 Nevertheless, by 1944 a good deal had already been do ne, particu larly in the area of intelligence. The French in Sou theast Asia we re in a good position to provide information for Allied bombers on likely Japanese targets in Ind ochina, on air defenses, on wea ther, and on Japanese troop movements .

For most of the war American strategists viewed it as a minor part of the China-Burma-India theate r, which itself rema ined a minor theater in th e globa l war against the Axis . ' But as the war progressed and as the Cen tra l Pacific and South Pacific emerged as the most promising approaches to victory, American interest in an offensive from Southeast Asia or China gradually faded. Probably for that reason the United Sta tes never developed a coherent politica l policy toward In dochi na during the war years.

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