Vietnam and China exchanged a small group of prisoners on February 5, at Friendship Pass, a point on a main highway which links the two countries.
1. CU PULL BACK GV Buses arriving with Vietnamese prisoners at Friendship Pass on the Vietnamese-Chinese border 0.15
2. SV Vietnamese step off bus, supervised by guards 0.32
3. GV Vietnamese prisoners stand to attention for checking by guards (4 shots) 0.58
4. GV Prisoners march towards border 1.01
5. Vietnamese and Chinese military officers exchange formalities 1.07
6. GV & SV Prisoners cross border to Vietnam (5 shots) 1.27
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: VIETNAMESE-CHINESE BORDER
Vietnam and China exchanged a small group of prisoners on February 5, at Friendship Pass, a point on a main highway which links the two countries. China released 15 captured soldiers and received in return 35 men from Vietnam. The official Chinese news agency said their men were fishermen who had been arrested and kidnapped and added that the Vietnamese had been taken prisoner for sabotage and harassment operations inside the China border. In a goodwill gesture, both sides had earlier announced their intention to release their prisoners in time for the Lunar New Year, which falls on February 13. In making the announcement, Vietnam also suggested a temporary ceasefire, but this was rejected by Beijing as an offer made simply for propaganda purposes. Sino-Vietnamese relations have been tense for several years and friction led to a month-long border war in 1979.
Source: CENTRAL CHINA TELEVISION