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China, PR / Vietnam Invasion / Taiwan Issue #262234

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 21, 1979
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(Studio) Apparent preparations by China (PR) and Vietnam forces to engage in battle in area of Lang Son, Vietnam, north of Hanoi, noted. Potential impact of battle mentioned. Rptd. Soviet military activity in area described. State Department concern about war reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Reports of Chinese penetration near towns of Cao Bang and Lang Son, Vietnam,and of Soviet military movement north of Chinese border noted. [State Department spokesperson Hodding CARTER - comments on situation with Vietnam invasion of Cambodia and Chinese invasion of Vietnam.] United States officials' decision to go ahead with Treasury Secretary Michael Blumenthal's planned trip to Peking stated.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Senate Foreign Relations Committee interest in Chinese-Vietnam conflict, since it is dealing with legislature to clarify United States position in case of Chinese attack on Taiwan, reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Senator's questioning of Chinese vice-premier Teng Hsiao-ping's comments during United States visit with regard to potential for China to attack Vietnam noted. [Senator Charles PERCY - comments on Teng's visit and later Chinese invasion.] Committee leaders' announcement with regard to language to be put in legislature, with regard to US position in event of attack on Taiwan reported [Senator Jacob JAVITS - comments on legislature] [Senator Frank CHURCH - comments.] President Carter's earlier view of such legislature and State Department officials' comment about latest developments given.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

Cronkite, Walter;
Jones, Phil;
Kalb, Marvin

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