Ngo Dinh Diem presidential visit to Australia
Diệm’s visit was a highmark in relations between Australia and South Vietnam. He was universally extolled by the media, which praised him for what they perceived to be a successful, charismatic, democratic and righteous rule. He became unpopular with his foreign allies, who began to criticise his autocratic style and religious bias. By the time of his assassination in 1963, he had little support.
About Ngo Dinh Diem presidential visit to Australia in brief
Diệm’s visit was a highmark in relations between Australia and South Vietnam. He was universally extolled by the media, which praised him for what they perceived to be a successful, charismatic, democratic and righteous rule. The Australian Catholic leadership and media were particularly glowing towards the South Vietnamese head of state. He became unpopular with his foreign allies, who began to criticise his autocratic style and religious bias. By the time of his assassination in 1963, he had little support. Australia later sent troops to support South Vietnam in the anti-communist fight, but the bipartisanship evaporated during the mid-1960s as the ALP began to sympathise with North Vietnam and opposition to the Vietnam War grew. In 1975, Vietnamese refugees were allowed to resettle in Australia in large numbers, but on the return of the centre right Liberal-National coalition to power in 1975, they were not allowed to come back to Australia. The visit was part of a year of travelling for Diềnh, who made official visits to the United States and other anti-Communist countries. He had pursued policies in Vietnam favoring his co-religionists. He exempted the Catholic Church from land redistribution, gave them more aid and job promotions, and allowed Catholic paramilitaries to attack Buddhists, who formed the religious majority. In 1933, he was appointed Interior Minister of Vietnam, serving under Emperor Bỉnh Bình.
A few months thereafter he resigned and became a private citizen because the French colonialists would not give Vietnam any meaningful autonomy. He spent the next four years in the U.S. and Europe enlisting support, particularly among Vatican officials and fellow Catholic politicians in America. In 1954, the French lost the Battle of Dien Bien Phu and the Geneva Conference was held to determine the future of French Indochina. The Geneva agreements, which the State of Vietnam did not sign, called for parallel elections for the parallel parallel. In 1956, Bảo Đại appointed Di�ễn as his prime minister, hoping that he would attract American aid as the French withdrew from Southeast Asia. He refused to hold the national elections and asserted that Hồ Chí Minh would rig himself in the north, although he had done so so he declared himself the newly proclaimed president of the Republic of Vietnam. In 1958, Diῳn Bùn was deposed in a fraudulent referendum and declared himself President of the Vietnam Republic of the S.V.C. He received support from U.N. and other countries in the midst of the Cold War. In 1959, he became Prime Minister of the newly-proclaimed Vietnam Republic. He died in a plane crash in Vietnam in 1961. He is survived by his brother Ngô ĐìNh Thục, who was the leading Catholic cleric in Vietnam and had studied with high-ranking Vatican officials in Rome.