Added to 24 April

1965 – President Johnson issues an executive order designating Viertnam a ‘combat area’ for income tax purposes, retroactive to 1 January 1964.
1967 – General Westmoreland sparks controversy by saying that the enemy had ‘gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily.’
1967 – US Marines, of the 3rd Marine Regiment, defeat North Vietnamese troops on thiree hills near the airstrip at Khesan in Quangtin Province. The battle will rage for 12 days.
1970 – China sponsors a conference near Canton attended by Norodom Sihanouk; Prince Souphonouvong, leader of the Pathet Lao; Nguyen Huu Tho, President of the Provisional Revolutionary Governemtn of South Vietnam; and North Vietnamese Prime minister Pham Van Dong. They pledge joint action to expel US and otehr forces that oppose them in Indochina. Chinese Premier Chou En-lai attends the final session and gives his endorsement.


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