INTRODUCTION: The authorities in Vietnam say that on several occasions recently, Chinese forces have violated the border between China and northern Vietnam.
GV PAN Border country. (2 SHOTS) (MUTE)
LV PULL BACK TO GV Hills on Chinese side of border.
SV PAN Armed and camouflaged Vietnamese troops briefed before moving off along trail. (Officer's speech starts at 16ft).
GV Troops running along trail. (Speech continues under).
CU Officer, Senior Lieutenant Chien Van Sho speaking in Vietnamese.
CU Pictures of Ho Chi Minh with various Chinese leaders, including Mao and booklet.
SV & CU (MUTE) Patrol on alert in undergrowth near border. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The authorities in Vietnam say that on several occasions recently, Chinese forces have violated the border between China and northern Vietnam. The Vietnam News Agency has reported two incidents in the past month in which Vietnamese soldiers have been killed inside their own territory. It also says Chinese fighter aircraft made about a thousand sorties near the Vietnam border within four days. China and Vietnam have been accusing each other of continuing armed provocations ever since they fought a month-long border war early in 1979.
SYNOPSIS: Langshow is one of the frontier districts where the Vietnamese army keep constant watch. Until the hostilities started two years ago, few people knew, or even cared, just where the border was. Now machine-gun fire can come from those distant hills.
The frontier post is called Kuet Thang - named after the first place the invading Chinese troops reached in 1979. Because the Vietnamese are convinced that China is planning another attack, they do their best to keep the mountain tracks along 450 miles (720 kilometres) of border under constant surveillance.
Senior Lieutenant Chien Van Sho is the commander of this section of the frontier. He says the Chinese raiders attack villages, kill and rob people, and steal their cattle. The Vietnam News Agency has also alleged that China is sending over an increasing number of infiltrators, specially trained in subversion. Lieutenant Chien said his men recently had captured one carrying propaganda leaflets. These showed pictures of the famous Vietnamese Communist leader, Ho Chi Minh talking to former Chinese leaders, the implication being that Vietnam's present rulers have abandoned the country's traditional friends. Lieutenant Chien called the leaflets "full of slander". And he keeps his men constantly on the alert for any more infiltrators.