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Southeast Asia / China, PR and USSR -Vietnam Influence Attempts / China Hotel #255803

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 09, 1978
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(Studio) China (PR) premier Teng Hsiao-ping's trip through S.E. Asia in attempt to counter USSR -Vietnam moves to gain influence there noted. His arrival in Malaysia after trip to Thailand reported Thais' continued influence by Americans mentioned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Bangkok, Thailand) Thai troops' demonstrations with live ammo of their American training and American-supplied weaponry for fighting Communist insurgents in jungles of country noted; demonstration is for Teng, whose nation largely sponsors insurgents. Scene compared to one in Vietnam war. Attempts by China to reach out to S.E. Asia's non-Communist ntns. described; prospects for other ntns. in area now that USSR and Vietnam have signed treaty allowing USSR to protect Hanoi from attack and since appearances indicate China and Vietnam head towards confrontation over Cambodia outlined. Info. learned about China's boost in support of Cambodia stated. Vietnam's apparent preparations for offensive in coming dry season, aimed at toppling Pol Pot regime in Cambodia, reported Teng's comments about USSR and Vietnam, during news conference in Bangkok, cited. Area govts., fears that it is once again becoming proxy war, between USSR and China this time, noted.
REPORTER: Peter Collins

(Studio) Intercontinental Hotel Corp.'s announcement of deal with China (PR) to build tourist hotels in country noted; 1st 3 hotels reported planned for Peking, Shanghai and Canton. Corporation said to be subsidiary of Pan American
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Collins, Peter;
Cronkite, Walter

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