China has accused Vietnam of exporting her citizens to ease her economic worries. The Chinese?
China has accused Vietnam of exporting her citizens to ease her economic worries. The Chinese deputy Foreign Minister, Zhang Wenjin, levelled the charge in Geneva on Friday (20 July) at the United Nations conference on the Indochina refugee crisis. He alleged that Vietnam was also creating chaos, racial discord and ant-Chinese feelings in Vietnam's neighbouring states, and that a superpower -- which Reuters interpreted as meaning the Soviet Union -- was abetting them.
SYNOPSIS: Outside the Palais de Nations, a group of some twenty Vietnam exiles demonstrated to call for religious freedom in their home country. Their numbers included Buddhist priests. Their banners, and leaflets they handed out, claimed that freedom of worship had been curtailed in Vietnam. The protestors said they would fat and remain outside the building throughout the two-day conference, which began on Friday (20 July).
Inside, delegates from fifty-seven countries heard the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Poul Hartling, describe the refugees' plight.
The Chinese agree the resettlement and relief off existing refugees is a matter of great urgency, but they wanted measures to make Vietnam abandon what they called its policy of creating and exporting refugees. The Chinese want international bodies to handle the issue.
British Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington said the international community must expect Vietnam to lift its pressures on those people being forced to flee. Vietnamese delegates suggested a departure centre be set up in Vietnam where refugees could gather before leaving the country.