Lead:  In 1945 Vietnam stood at the crossroads. Decisions made then in Washington, Paris, Saigon and Hanoi provoked a war lasting three decades. The roots of the war are found far in the past.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: At the southeast corner of the Eurasian land mass lies Indochina. It is a region of rugged beauty: thick tropical forests, deep valleys between high mountain peaks, broad rich coastal plains. Over the centuries it has been the immigrant destination of much racial and ethnic diversity. The Khmer peoples probably came from western India before settling in present day Cambodia. The Lao, related ethnically to the Thai traveled south from China's Yunnan province. The Vietnamese moved in a generally southern direction from the Yangtze valley in China.

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