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    VIETNAMESE BORDER, CHINA & HOA BINH PROVINCE, VIETNAM

    China has increased its border forces in an effort to gain the upper hand in the continuing clashes with Vietnam.

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    CHINA: BORDER WITH VIETNAM (CCTV)
    1. GV PAN Chinese troops look on from trenches. 0.05
    2. SCUs Infantrymen with machine guns. (2 SHOTS) 0.15
    3. SVs & SCUs Chinese soldiers arming and loading large artillery pieces. .(8 SHOTS) 0.38
    4. GV Troops with dogs on patrol. 0.44
    5. GVs Farmers tilling paddies with oxen. (2 SHOTS) 0.52
    VIETNAM: HOA BINH PROVINCE (BURNS)
    6. GVs & TVs Black River Dam under construction. (5 SHOTS) 1.14
    7. SV Peasants manhandling poles on dam site. 1.20
    8. SV & SCU Woman peasant bucketing water. (3 SHOTS) 1.29
    9. SV & GV Soviets with Vietnamese worker. (2 SHOTS) 1.38
    10. GV & SV Entrance to underground hydro station. (2 SHOTS) 1.45
    11. LV & GVs Soviet apartments near construction site. (4 SHOTS) 1.55
    12. GV Soviet workers boarding bus. 2.14
    13. SV PULL BACK TO GV Digger filling tipper. 2.20
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    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Throughout Vietnam there may be as many as 4,000 Soviet civilian advisers covering a wide range of economic assistance programmes. The US claims that in return, Vietnam has granted the Soviet navy access to the ports of Gam Ranh and Danang. In times of hostilities, a Cam Ranh Bay base would allow Soviet battleships to threaten US supply lines to the Atlantic Ocean. The Vietnamese leadership says Western fears that Vietnam has become too dependent on the Soviet Union are groundless.
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    Background: VIETNAMESE BORDER, CHINA & HOA BINH PROVINCE, VIETNAM

    China has increased its border forces in an effort to gain the upper hand in the continuing clashes with Vietnam. Heavily armed troops and artillery have been stationed at strategic locations along the border to counter the Vietnamese army. Vietnam has recently reported that it has suffered the biggest artillery attack since the Chinese penetration into north Vietnam four years ago. Both sides agreed that the conflict had cost many lives, but Western observers believe both countries have exaggerated claims for propaganda reasons. Years of war have drained Vietnam's resources, and the withdrawal of Western aid as a protest at the Vietnamese occupation of Kampuchea has noticeably affected the country. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union is rapidly expanding its aid to Vietnam. The biggest Soviet-backed project is the construction of a hydro-electric plant on the Black River, in the northern province of Hoa Binh. This will supply desperately needed energy and a reliable water supply, as well as easing flooding problems for agriculture. The project is seen as the key to economic recovery in northern Vietnam. Soviet engineers have planned the scheme and are now directing construction. When completed in 1990, the plant will generate 2,000 megawatts of electricity. A self-contained mini-city has been built to house the projects' 500 Soviet technicians and their families.

    Source: CENTRAL CHINA TELEVISION (CCTV) AND REUTERS - GARY BURNS/CCTV

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    Film ID:
    VLVA603G4UVP19ASCV8631EW4COX5
    Media URN:
    VLVA603G4UVP19ASCV8631EW4COX5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/05/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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