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April 7, 1965
Ho Chi Minh Refuses American Peace Offering

The U.S. offers North Vietnam economic aid in exchange for peace, but the offer is summarily rejected.
President Johnson delivers his "Peace Without Conquest" speech at Johns Hopkins University offering Hanoi "unconditional discussions" to stop the war in return for massive economic assistance in modernizing Vietnam. "Old Ho can't turn that down," Johnson privately tells his aides. But Johnson's peace overture is quickly rejected.

Two weeks later, President Johnson raises America's combat strength in Vietnam to more than 60,000 troops. Allied forces from Korea and Australia are added as a sign of international support.

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