Peking Television has released film-which, it claims, proves Vietnamese violations of the Chinese border. China?
Peking Television has released film-which, it claims, proves Vietnamese violations of the Chinese border. China has protested to Vietnam over - alleged border violations...the last one on 19 January 1979 when it accused the Vietnamese of sabotaging the main rail line between the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: The dispute between Hanoi and Peking may be moving into a dangerous phase. What is seen as ominous is the fact that the Chinese, in their letter of protest, have specifically linked the recent border clashes with the war between Cambodia and Vietnam. They have also stated that the Vietnamese government must be held responsible for all the consequences arising from what they call military provocations at the Chinese-Vietnamese border.
These bamboo spikes, which Peking says were planted by the Vietnamese, are part of the evidence. So too are these landmines. The mines were said to have been laid in eight places along the border at Guangxi.
Punian Hill and the Puyingding area before Youyi...Friendship Pass are still occupied by Vietnamese troops who have dug trenches and put up barbed wire entanglements and Peking claims that 500 armed Vietnamese have intruded into the autonomous region. The Chinese say more than 20 border guards and civilians have been killed or badly wounded by Vietnamese infantrymen or their landmines in thirty incidents. For their part in the mutual recriminations the Vietnamese are accusing China of shipping thousands of tons of arms and ammunition to Kampuchea...Cambodia...for Khmer Rouge troops.
On Cambodia's border with Thailand, refugees of a different kind have been crossing west. At Ban Sanlor Cha-ngan village, near Arryaphrathet, thirty Thai villagers returned to their homeland from Kampuchea on Monday (22 January). They say they were abducted from their homes a year ago by Khmer Rouge troops and taken into Cambodian territory for arms training. The group has told the Thai authorities that the men were ut into a training camp called March Eight where 20,000 Thais were already living. Some of the men in the school joined the irregulars voluntarily but others had been kidnapped and forced to join.
When the Vietnamese arrived at the camp the group was allowed to return home with instructions to stay off the main roads because of landmines. The reluctant guerrillas also report that the instructors who had started to train them were Thai-born. Their Vietnamese liberators told them to head west and, if they came across rebel forces before they reached their homeland, to raise their hands as a sign of neutrality.