Relations between China and Vietnam remain tense, with both countries exchanging charges and counter-charges. The?
Relations between China and Vietnam remain tense, with both countries exchanging charges and counter-charges. The latest allegations centre on an incident at the border in which each side claims the other shooting first.
SYNOPSIS: The tension had been mounting along the China-Vietnam border during the pass week. It began after China accused Vietnam of murdering six villagers and wounding a dozen more in a small border village. A couple of days after the reported attack, China delivered a sharp protest to the Vietnamese embassy in Peking. The note demands a guarantee that there will be no more attacks.
According to China's news agency, the protest should serve as a warning to Vietnam that it should not take china's restraint in the incident as a sign a weakness. Vietnam is calling the protest slanderous, and says the fighting erupted when thousands of Chinese troops moved into Vietnam and opened fire.
Many observers believe that relations between the two countries have been influenced by another factor -- China had pledged to stand behind Cambodia in its border war with Vietnam, while the soviet Union says it will back Vietnam.