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U.S. Seeks to Boost Diem Regime in South Vietnam

Jan. 4, 1962 - The United States and South Vietnam announced today a “broad economic and social program” to raise living standards in South Vietnam. The program was explained by State Department officials as an effort to demonstrate Washington’s faith in the future of a free South Vietnam, to complement substantial increases in military aid, and to enhance the popularity of the Government of President Ngo Dinh Diem. The development program is part of a larger effort to help South Vietnam resist large-scale guerrilla attacks, supported by the Soviet Union and North Vietnam Communists.

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