Trần Quang Vinh

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Trần Quang Vinh (1897-1975) was a political leader of the Cao Đài sect active at the time of the establishment of the 1945 Empire of Vietnam.

Vinh had been commander of the Cao Dai's paramilitaries, but stepped aside in August 1945 because of his associations with the Japanese. [1] In October 1945 he was briefly captured by the Viet Minh but escaped after 4 months. [2]

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  1. David G. Marr Vietnam 1945: The Quest for Power -1995 p458 "The chief of the Cao Dai paramilitary units, Tran Quang Vinh, mindful of his public image as a close friend of the Japanese, agreed to step aside in favor of a colleague who was expected to work constructively within the Viet Minh .."
  2. Serguei A. Blagov Caodaism: Vietnamese Traditionalism and Its Leap Into Modernity 2001 "On October 9, 1945, the Việt Minh detained Trần Quang Vinh, yet he managed to escape on January 20, 1946. On 17 February 1946 Vinh arrived in Saigon, and he had to hide in Chợ Lớn. However, on May 8 the French arrested him."