Nanning is the capital of Guangxi. In 1949 Nanning became the provincial capital, first of Guangxi province and then in 1958 of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. During the French war in Indochina (1946–54), Nanning was the support base in China for the Vietnamese forces. During the Vietnam War in the 1960s and early 1970s it was a staging post for sending supplies southward to North Vietnam. It was also an important military supply center during the Sino-Vietnam confrontation in 1979.After the recognition of the Zhuang ethnic minority in 1958, Nanning became the chief center for the training of Zhuang leaders. Guilin, is the former capital of the region and the center of much of Guangxi's culture, politics, and history.