The Deputy Chairman of one of Vietnam's top constitutional bodies, the National Assembly, has accused his country's leaders of betraying communism and subjecting the Vietnamese people to a life of humiliation.
LV Deputy Chairman of Vietnamese National Assembly Hoang Van Hoan seated facing newsmen
CU Mr. Hoan speaking followed by translation
SV & CU Mr. Hoan rises and thanks newsmen at end of conference
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Background: The Deputy Chairman of one of Vietnam's top constitutional bodies, the National Assembly, has accused his country's leaders of betraying communism and subjecting the Vietnamese people to a life of humiliation. Hoang Van Hoan made his attack on Thursday (9 August) at a Peking news conference after he had met the Chinese Chairman Hua Kuo-Feng (Hua Guofeng).
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Hoan is a veteran Communist who was a close confident of former North Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh. He defected to China early in July after slipping away from an East German flight to Berlin at Karachi. In a thinly-disguised attack on Soviet influence in Vietnam, Mr. Hoan said his country was subservient to a foreign power economically, politically, militarily and diplomatically. Chairman Hua honoured Mr. Hoan with a welcoming banquet, but Mr. Hoan admitted to newsmen he was in poor health, and has been convalescing in Peking. News of the defection comes just before next Tuesday's (14 August) talks between China and Vietnam aimed at normalising relations after February's border war.