2017-07-15 16:59:55 UTC
It's well known that young Ho Chi Minh (named either Nguyen Ai Quoc or Nguyen Sinh Cung at the time) wrote appeals for Vietnamese freedom to Woodrow Wilson and sought to meet him when he was in Paris in 1919.
What if ASB influence makes Woodrow Wilson decide to meet this young expat Vietnamese man, convinces him French rule of Vietnam should be ended and makes Wilson decide to openly call for Vietnamese independence, and offer the cause economic, political and moral support, either during or after the Versailles Conference.
What happens from there. What are the reverberations within Indochina, for Ho Chi Minh personally and for the demands and expectations of people throughout the colonial world in the 1920s. How does this affect the Franco-American relationship and reverberate into broader issues beyond the Indochina question. What are the knock-on effects to British, Belgian, Dutch, Italian, Weimar German, Japanese, Chinese and Boleshevik Russian foreign policy?
Do the French end up politically dispossessed of Indochina before OTL (1954)?
As usual, no other magic involved.
I figure France will fight tooth and nail against an independence movement.
I wonder what the attitude of Japan will be. On the one hand, U.S. is seeking freedom of Asian people from a white power, "yay!" USA is also a more important trade and financial power.
On the other hand, supporting Vietnamese aspirations could reinforce Korean aspirations to be free of Japan, "boo!"
----I feel like Britain would feel America is a loose cannon power, unsympathetic to, and subversive of British global interests. The Dutch, Belgians, Portuguese, Spanish and Italians will feel the same.
I think the Bolesheviks and the Weimar Germans and Turks and Iranians would enjoy the spectacle and verbally support Wilson's position