Vietnam has warned it's prepared for a fight if the Chinese cross the northern Vietnamese border into the Lang Son Province.
GV PAN Debris of damaged houses in Lang Son province (3 shots)
CU PULL OUT TO GV Collapsed section of bridge on Ky Cung River with people walking over make-shift bridge (2 shots)
SCU Vietnamese Foreign Minister Ngyuyen Co Thach speaking in English
SV Alleged Chinese spy walking with two armed guards
SV & GV Vietnamese troops on manoeuvres in countryside (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR Children learning Chinese in class (2 shots)
SV Soviet expert talking to Vietnamese man as another expert looks on and being shown round Hanoi construction site (3 shots)
GV & SVs Hanoi street scenes -- rickshaw, woman carrying bundle (2 shots)
THACH: "We are prepared to deal with another war. And we think we'll have victory. Any invader coming here will be defeated, it is very sure. All our people are well prepared for another round."
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Background: Vietnam has warned it's prepared for a fight if the Chinese cross the northern Vietnamese border into the Lang Son Province. The capital of the province was occupied by the Chinese for just over twenty-four hours during February's border war. And according to the Vietnamese the invaders systematically destroyed everything they could as they withdrew.
SYNOPSIS: Eight months later little has been rebuilt in the Lang Son capital -- but according to the government it was a conscious choice. The Vietnamese believe the Chinese will return -- that the current peace is temporary.
Critical construction, like the bridge over the Ky Cung River will go ahead -- though the Vietnamese army, a major source of manpower, must now remain permanently prepared for war. Vietnamese Foreign Minister Ngyuyen Co Thach said any invader will face defeat.
The Vietnamese say that this man is a captured Chinese spy who has confessed that his mission was to study the military situation near the Chinese border.
Part of Vietnam's military readiness is guerrilla training for regular troops. According to the Vietnamese, in last February's fighting, the Chinese used traditional battle tactics while the Vietnamese used the guerrilla tactics they have employed against some of the most powerful armed forces in the world. And they claim they soundly defeated the invading troops.
Children in the province continue their schooling -- but Vietnam's economy is still formulated to wartime conditions. And industrial plans for the north have been switched to the south, which is less vulnerable to attack. Technicians from the Soviet Union are a common sight on construction sites, like this one in Hanoi. The Vietnamese continue to try and build their war-ravaged society despite their commitments to the Heng Samrin government of Kampuchea and the cost of continual military preparedness.
Hanoi -- once a ruined city is now thriving and reconstruction continues But talks between the Chinese and Vietnamese earlier in the year in Hanoi (14 April) failed to resolve the border conflict and so the fear and anticipation of war continues.