Radio Hanoi claimed on Wednesday (21 February) to have put more than two thousand Chinese troops out of action the previous day.
Radio Hanoi claimed on Wednesday (21 February) to have put more than two thousand Chinese troops out of action the previous day. It said this carried beyond seven thousand the total number of Chinese casualties in four days since China struck across the border early on Saturday (17 February).
SYNOPSIS: This is Kwang Si Autonomous Region in China near the Vietnam border, and the scars of war are already evident. A reporter from Tokyo's Asahi Shimbum newspaper reported on Wednesday (21 February) that the Vietnamese had destroyed twenty-five tanks, captured another and took many Chinese captive during their first counter-attack following the Chinese sweep at Dong Dang at dawn on Saturday. He quoted a Vietnamese garrison commander as saying the Chinese had partially withdrawn during Saturday and Sunday (17 and 18 February). The correspondent said that thousands of heavily-armed Vietnamese troops were advancing on Wednesday towards Chinese soldiers dug in just inside the Vietnamese border. This followed reports from Vietnamese border. This followed reports from Vietnamese embassy sources in Peking that their troops had launched a big counter-offensive, with air attacks destroying what they called the Chinese 'infrastructure'.
These buildings close to the front line have taken on the forlorn look that comes with war. Meanwhile, in Peking, foreign diplomats say Chinese officials had told them on Wednesday that fighting was continuing, and that the Chinese government was not yet ready to pull back its forces. The Chinese gave no details about casualty figures or the extent of fighting.