Since the downfall of the Cambodian leader, Prince Norodom Sihanouk, the warfront on South Vietnam has swung to the border of the two countries.
Since the downfall of the Cambodian leader, Prince Norodom Sihanouk, the warfront on South Vietnam has swung to the border of the two countries. The Vietcong, ordered out of Cambodia by the new regime there, have been regrouping and there has been burst of clashes with Saigon government forces. However, while bullets are traded, there is also the peaceful side with normal business trading.
In the Tinh Bien district of Chau Doc province west of Saigon, a wide strip of farmland separates South Vietnam from the mountains of Cambodia. South Vietnamese Rangers, assisted by American Special Forces advisers, patrol the area which was one a favourite point for massive Communist infiltration of the Hekong Delta.
Now most of the infiltration here by farmers and businessmen. South Vietnamese meet at the border to exchange chickens, beans, sugar, powered milk, cooking oils and kitchenware. Opium is also brought in from Cambodia, the smugglers taking advantage of the lax customs checks.
however, with hundreds of guerillas still lying low in the that Son mountains of Cambodia and others causing trouble for the new leaders in Phnom Penh there could be difficult times ahead for the border businessmen.