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China, PR / Vietnam Invasion / USSR Reaction #262270

CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 23, 1979
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(Studio) Reaction to Chinese invasion of Vietnam by Soviet defense minister Dmitri Ustinov and others reported United States fears of war between China and USSR noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Reasons against Sino-Soviet war being advantageous to United States listed and discussed. Potential for United States to be drawn into such conflict, for instance if North Korea attacked South Korea noted. Other potential situations mentioned include Vietnam's giving full use of Cam Ranh Bay to USSR , providing Soviet presence in South China Sea as challenge to United States 7th Fleet. President Carter's personal appeals for restraint reported to have been sent to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and China vice-premier Teng Hsiao-ping. Japan mentioned.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin

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