REDACTED DECEMBER 1970 TRIP TO NORTH VIETNAM

Created: 2/18/1971

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HIS VISIT AND WAS PERMITTED TO WANDER AROUND HANOI HE WAS PARTICULARLY WELL TREATED SINCE

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ALL OCCUPY INFLUENTIAL POSTS IN THE NVN REGIME. HE WASZIM" AUTOMOBILE FOR HIS STAY.

THE .MAJOR PURPOSEISITURVEY OF THE NVN EDUCATIONAL HE WAS IMPRESSED BY MEASURES BEING TAKEN BY THE REGIME TO ELIMINATE ILLITERACY. NVN SCHOLARS ARE PREPARING STANDARD DICTIONARIES AND GRAMMARS IN THE HOPE OF STANDARDIZING AND SIMPLIFYING LANGUAGE USAGE. THE ADMINSTRATION OF THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IS IN THE HANDS OF FRENCH-TRAINED CADRES.

4. AiO THAT HE FOUND THE POPULATION HAPPY AND "HABITUATED" TO THE WAR. ON THE OTHER HAND. SOME OF THE LEADERS WITH WHOM HE SPOKE SEEMED PESSIMISTIC,

HILE THERE WERE TRACES OP BOMBING DAMAGE ON THE HE SAW NO SUCH DAMAGE IN THE CENTER OF

THE CITY. RIDGE IN HANOI WHICH HAD BEEN DESTROYED BY BOMBING WAS BEING RESTORED AND WAS JUST ABOUT READY TO RESUME VEHICLE AND TRAIN TRAFFIC AT THE TIMEEPARTURE, JUST

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BEFORE NEW YEARS DAY.

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HAD BEEN CONSTRUCTED ALONG THE MAJOR STREETS IN HANOI. HE WAS TOLD THAT THESE WERE OF RECENT FABRICATION.

TOLD BY NVN LEADERS THAT BOMBING

OF IRRIGATION SYSTEMS HAD BEEN MUCH MORE HARMFUL TO NVN THAN BOMBING OF INDUSTRIAL AND URBAN TARGETS.

THAT HE NOTED MUCH HISTORIC HOSTILITY TO

CHINA. HIS GUIDES POINTED OUT STREETS NAMED AFTER FOLK HEROES OF RESISTANCE TO THE CHINESELAY WITH AN ANTI-CHINESE THEME, STRESSING VIETNAMESE INDEPENDENCE, WAS BEING PRESENTED IN HANOI WHILE HE WAS THERE. ON THE OTHER HAND, THERE APPEARED TO BE NO POPULAR HOSTILITY TOWARD CHINESE CURRENTLY PRESENT IN NVN.

THAT HE HAD ATTENDED CHRISTMAS MASS AT A

CATHOLIC CHURCH IN HANOI AND HAD BEEN ASTONISHED BY THE

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THRONG OF PRACTICING VIETNAMESE AND OVERSEAS CHINESE CATHOLICS."

C isZEN TOLD BY NVN LEADERS

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