A series of incidents between Vietnam and China have cast a shadow over talks between the two countries over the status of the Chinese community in Vietnam.
A series of incidents between Vietnam and China have cast a shadow over talks between the two countries over the status of the Chinese community in Vietnam. More than 160,000 people of Chinese origin have fled to China from Vietnam, and China has called on both sides to honour their 1955 border control agreement. China says the refugees from Vietnam are victims of persecution. The Vietnamese deny this claim, and little progress is reported from the talks.
SYNOPSIS: The tense relations between the two countries have meant slow progress at the conference table. The Chinese vice-foreign minister Chung Hsi-tung and his Vietnamese counterpart Hoang Bich son have exchanged allegations and counter-claims, on one occasion in front of reporters, about the treatment of ethnic Chinese in Vietnam.
The Chinese, seated on the right, have accused Vietnam of persecuting and expelling Chinese residents. The latest charge (14 August) is that 100 Chinese awaiting evacuation from Hanoi were forcibly abducted and taken by the Vietnamese to an unknown destination. The Vietnamese in turn accuse China of encouraging the mass exodus of Chinese, of supporting Cambodia in its border war with Vietnam, and of recently (10 August) sending 37 men, including four soldiers, to kill and burn in Vietnamese villages.