23 October 1945. In his first meeting with Sukarno and Hatta, held in defiance of his government, Van Mook explores the possibilities of a compromise. However, he is hampered by his suspicions of British motives and the intransigence of his political masters; the Dutch government decrees that the meeting never took place. Changing tack, Van Mook then persuades the British to inform the Republican leadership they are bound to respect Dutch sovereignty, a move that dampens Republican enthusiasm for negotiations.
23 October 1945. Under Chinese pressure to allow a greater non-communist presence in his government, Ho Chi Minh signs an accord between the Viet Minh and Vietnamese Revolutionary Alliance (Dong Minh Hoi). In the next two months, three more accords are made with the DMH or Vietnam Nationalist Party (VNQDD), that on 23 December with both parties being the most important. These accords break down after the nationalists launch recruitment drives and both sides vilify each other in the press and their own propaganda.