31 October 1945. Even as a serious conflict looms in Manchuria, KMT and CCP negotiators continue to seek a political settlement. Hopes are raised when the Nationalist government responds to CCP proposals by agreeing to a ceasefire, discussion of a reorganization of military forces, and convening a political consultative conference as planned.
31 October 1945. On the same day that more French reinforcements disembark in Saigon, Admiral Thierry d’Argenlieu arrives in the city and assumes formal leadership of the French administration. En route to Indochina, he has stopped over at SEAC headquarters in Kandy, lobbying for inclusion of Cambodia’s lost province of Battambang within General Gracey’s southern Indochina command area. He is unsuccessful; Battambang will remain part of the separate British remit in Thailand.