New York Times correspondent Foster Hailey compared the two sides of the Indo-China conflict to that of Greece in 1947 where the USSR supported the Communists and the West supported the monarchy. See the link as Hailey misses an important point. "The "hot war" has shifted from the Near East to the Far East, from Europe to Asia." The fight is communism versus "the Western democracies."
The French are seen as sincere in offering "Indo-China a considerable measure of economic independence, a growing respect for Bao Dai both as a negotiator and fighter, and, lastly, a fear of Chinese domination."
Hailey writes about Indo-China's tremendous natural resources as worth fighting for. They "are exportable tin, tungsten, zinc, manganese, coal, lumber and rice; and . . . rubber, tea, pepper, cattle and hides." (Foster Hailey New York Times February 12, 1950)