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17th Parallel

After the Viet Minh defeat of French forces at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, the 17th Parallel, a latitude line 17 degrees north of the equator, was proposed as the dividing line between North and South Vietnam with a demilitarized zone (DMZ) on either side. The proposal was made by officials of the People’s Republic of China during the 1954 Geneva Conference.



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