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    INTRODUCTION: The North Vietnamese Deputy Premier, and Defence Minister, General Vo Nguyen Giap arrived in Budapest on Thursday (7 April).

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    INTRODUCTION: The North Vietnamese Deputy Premier, and Defence Minister, General Vo Nguyen Giap arrived in Budapest on Thursday (7 April).

    SYNOPSIS: General Giap had been invited to Hungary by the Hungarian Defence Minister, General Lajos Czinege, who met him on his arrival at Budapest airport. General Giap was the insurgent leader who led the Viet Minh guerrillas against the French finally defeating them at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. Using concepts formulated by the Communist Chinese his guerrillas out-manoeuvred the classically trained and more heavily-armed French army.

    Also at the airport to meet General Giap was the Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary, Janos Borbandy. General Giap's successes in Indo-China have made him well-known in Communist and Revolutionary countries. He's also written several widely read books on guerrilla warfare perhaps the best known being People's War, People's Army.

    Before arriving in Budapest, General Giap had spent two weeks in East Germany at the invitation of the East German Defence Ministry. Little publicity was given to his East German visit but observers feel this may be due to the Defence Ministry's relatively low standing in diplomatic protocol.

    While in East Germany, General Giap was received by top East German officials including the head of State, and party leader, Erich Honecker. East German reports said the East German Defence Minister, General Heinz Hoffmann, and General Giap underlined the strong ties between their countries.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB2BC29GM31Q336OOGZRGYOTKU
    Media URN:
    VLVAB2BC29GM31Q336OOGZRGYOTKU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/04/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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