China has accused Vietnam of methodically persecuting and expelling Chinese residents, and has warned Hanoi to stop or face the consequences.
China has accused Vietnam of methodically persecuting and expelling Chinese residents, and has warned Hanoi to stop or face the consequences. Nearly 80,000 Chinese are said to have been thrown out of Vietnam since the beginning of April.
SYNOPSIS: Chinese sources in Hong Kong say more than a thousand refugees are fleeing Vietnam every day. The Chinese claim Vietnam planned last year to expel its Chinese community, and that many Chinese residents of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, have been arrested, wounded or killed. Others, say the Chinese, have been beaten up and robbed on their way out of the country. Chinese sources say they believe the Soviet Union is behind the Vietnamese actions.
China and North Vietnam used to be allies during the Vietnam war. But now says Peking, overseas China who fought bravely for the North Vietnamese, and were decorated for their valour, are among those being thrown out. And the Chinese have shown pictures of severely injured refugees, including women and children, whom they say have been driven from their former homes in Vietnam.
The Vietnamese have remained officially silent on the latest Chinese charges. But the Vietnamese Ambassador in Peking has said that China's statements have not been in keeping with the truth. The Ambassador admitted that some Chinese had returned home, but for different reasons. And he said it might take ten or fifteen years for the truth to come out.