1957 in the Vietnam War
|1957 in the Vietnam War|
| South Vietnam
Viet Minh cadres [A 1]
- May 8 - 19
As part of his Ngo Dinh Diem presidential visit to the United States Diem arrived at noon on May 8 at the National Airport in Washington, D.C. aboard the plane of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Columbine III, a silver Constellation. Diem's plane landed and he was personally received at the airport by Eisenhower, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Nathan Twining.It was only the second time that Eisenhower had personally gone to the airport to greet a visitor as president.
- July 11
Anti-government guerrillas kill 17 people in a bar during the Châu Đốc massacre. The killing are part of a low level campaign targeting government officials, school teachers, village chief's families. 
- September 2-9
Russian and Chinese ministers Nikita Khrushchev and Chou Enlai decide that South and North Vietnam should be regarded as separate countries and each have a seat at the United Nations. This forces the North Vietnam government to strive for a military solution to unite North and South Vietnam.
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- Thousands of Viet Minh cadres had stayed behind after the Vietnam was split into North and South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese government still held out that a referendum on unification as per the Geneva Accords would go ahead. As such they forbid the southern Viet Minh cadres from anything but low level insurgency actions instead issuing directives to focus on political agitation in preparation for the upcoming elections.
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- Ham, Paul (2007). Vietnam: the Australian War. Pymble, New South Wales: Harper Collins. ISBN 978-0-7322-8237-0.
- Jacobs, Seth (2006). Cold War Mandarin: Ngo Dinh Diem and the Origins of America's War in Vietnam, 1950–1963. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN 0-7425-4447-8.
- Joes, Anthony James (2001). The war for South Viet Nam, 1954-1975 (2001 ed.). Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-275-96806-9. - Total pages: 199
- Langer, Howard (2005). The Vietnam War: an encyclopedia of quotations (2005 ed.). Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-313-32143-6. - Total pages: 413
- Pentagon (1971). "Origins of the Insurgency in South Vietnam, 1954-1960". Pentagon Papers (Beacon Press). 1 Chapter 5 (Section 3): 314–346. Retrieved May 4, 2010.
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