Paris Peace Accords

The Cold War in Asia

East Asia 1973.0127

Paris Peace Accords

Korean War, Indochina War, Vietnam War, Invasion of Tibet, Mao Zedong (27 January 1973)

Historical Map of East Asia & the Western Pacific

By the late 1960s, US public opinion had swung strongly against involvement in the Vietnam War, a stance exacerbated when involvement spread to Laos and Cambodia. Meanwhile, the People's Republic of China clashed with the Soviet Union, improving China's relations with the US and eliminating the US fear of a single Communist bloc gaining control of Asia. These factors led to US President Nixon agreeing to withdraw from Vietnam and arranging the Paris Peace Accords, a cease fire between all parties.

Main Events

Bonin Islands restored

United States restores Bonin and Volcano Islands to Japan

Border conflict between Soviet Union and China

Cambodian coup

Right-wing coup overthrows regime of Prince Sihanouk in Cambodia

Bangladeshi Liberation War

East Pakistan breaks away from Pakistan to form the nation of Bangladesh

Nixon visits China

United States President Richard Nixon visits China

Ryukyu Islands restored

United States restores sovereignty over Ryukyu Islands to Japan

Paris Peace Accords signed

United States, South Vietnam, North Vietnam and the Viet Cong sign Paris Peace Accords

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