China's senior Vice Premier Teng Hsiao-ping arrived in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Thursday (9 November) to begin a four day official visit as part of a tour of several South East Asian nations.
SV China's senior Vice Premier Teng Hsiao-ping with military observers looking at weapon display
SV Bazookas, rockets and bombs on display
Mr. Teng looking at arms display
SV Cameramen filming as Mr. Teng sits on dais
SV Mr. Teng seated with Supreme Commander General Nanakorn
GV Helicopters landing troops in scrubland
SV Observers and cameramen filming exercise
GV Troops running under fire
GV Troops using flame thrower
SV M-44 tanks firing guns
GV Artillery firing with 155 mm gun
SV Three Phantom Jets flying overhead
GV Tank machine gunning hillside target
GV M-44 tank moving into position and rapid firing (2 shots)
GV PAN Three Helicopters fly past
Mr. Teng said China would watch how aggressive the Vietnamese were towards Cambodia. His comments were one of the strongest attacks on Vietnam made by a high Chinese official. It follows in the wake of reported Vietnamese discrimination against Chinese in Vietnam and a mass exodus of Chinese back into China. Mr. Teng is reported to have described Vietnam as a Cuba in the East and said that China had to be careful of Vietnam's attitude.
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Background: China's senior Vice Premier Teng Hsiao-ping arrived in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Thursday (9 November) to begin a four day official visit as part of a tour of several South East Asian nations.
SYNOPSIS: Before he arrived in Malaysia, Mr. Teng had visited Thailand where one of the last items on his schedule was to witness a display of Thai military firepower in the field. The demonstration took place at Lop Buri some 160 kilometres (100 miles) north of Bangkok.
Mr. Teng was a guest of General Sern Nanakorn, the Supreme Commander of the Thai military forces. It was described as a rare occurrence that newsmen and photographers were allowed to witness the visit and the demonstration.
Mr. Teng spent four days in Thailand and both sides rated his visit as highly successful. The visit produced a Trade Agreement under which Thailand will get Chinese crude oil. The visit was reported to have improved Bangkok's already good relations with Peking.
As well as M-44 tanks on display, the demonstration included flyovers of newly purchased Phantom 5E fighter-bombers.
During Mr. Teng's visit, the subject of the new Soviet-Vietnamese Treaty was raised which later moved Mr. Teng to describe Vietnam as 'the hooligan in the East', underlining the coolness between China and its former ally in the Vietnam war. He said China's reaction to the Soviet-Vietnamese Treaty would depend on what moves were made by Vietnam.