• Short Summary

    Despite an official announcement from Chinese Foreign Minister Huang Hua on Friday (16 March) that all Chinese forces have now withdrawn from Vietnam, Vietnamese refugees from the border areas continue to travel south passing troops heading for the battle area.

  • Description

    Despite an official announcement from Chinese Foreign Minister Huang Hua on Friday (16 March) that all Chinese forces have now withdrawn from Vietnam, Vietnamese refugees from the border areas continue to travel south passing troops heading for the battle area.

    SYNOPSIS: Throughout the month-long war the province of Lang Son has been one of the most fiercely contested areas.

    Hanoi has agreed to peace talks in the near future but as yet no date has been fixed and Vietnamese troops are continuing to move into the province while the refugees travel south in large numbers.

    With the rainy season hampering troops movements, traffic going both north and south has had to contend with muddy and rutted roads. The animals of the evacuees seem better suited to the conditions than the heavy trucks of the advancing troops.

    With almost all male Vietnamese now mobilised into regional militia, western sources believe the country has suffered extreme economic dislocation. Food shortages are predicted in coming months.

    These young soldiers have known nothing but war all their lives. Since the Chinese attack last month an estimated five hundred thousand of them have been moved into the northern provinces.

    A major problem for Vietnam, when the war ends, will be the rehabilitation of refugees. Reuters reports that thousands have fled or been evacuated from battle areas. Hanoi accuses the Chinese of practising a scorched earth policy in the provinces they occupied, destroying or removing everything from farm equipment to mosquito nets.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAANXXCUOVURTMOIGCWW5MVS24S
    Media URN:
    VLVAANXXCUOVURTMOIGCWW5MVS24S
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/03/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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