The war of words between China and Vietnam has intensified with China accusing her former South East Asian ally of "dreams" of regional domination.
The war of words between China and Vietnam has intensified with China accusing her former South East Asian ally of "dreams" of regional domination. China claimed that Vietnam was acting as the junior partner in the Soviet Union's drive for world domination. Meanwhile the victims of the dispute -- the Chinese living in Vietnam -- continue to pour across the border seeking refuge in China.
SYNOPSIS: More than 150,000 refugees are estimated now to be living in China. They are concentrated in Yunnan Province and the Kwangsi Chuang Autonomous Region. The exodus which began several months ago has slowed down recently. Chinese officials attribute this to the onset of the rainy season.
The refugee influx has strained the resources of the provinces involved -- officials estimate China will spend about 1600 yuan ($1,000 U.S.) for each refugee, from the time they cross the border until final resettlement. As a result, Chinese aid to Vietnam is now being funnelled to the refugees.
The refugees claim they were being harassed by the Vietnamese authorities. They say that all inhabitants living along the vietnamese border with China have been forcibly moved.
The refugees have told foreign correspondents that they left Vietnam because of discrimination, confiscation of property, and threats, if they refused to take Vietnamese citizenship. The Vietnamese have claimed that China has been reinforcing its troop strength along their common border and has also accused the Peking government of violating vietnamese air space.
Talks between the two governments to allow two Chinese ships into Vietnamese ports to evacuate Chinese refugees have ended in deadlock.