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China, PR / Vietnam Invasion / Woodcock Confirmation #262307

CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 26, 1979
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(Studio) Update on Chinese invasion of Vietnam. Fighting around Lao Cai, Lang Son and Mong Cai noted; deepest Chinese penetration reported apparently at Lai Chau. United States and USSR naval presence in South China Sea and, for US, off Hong Kong, stated; USS Constitution said to be in South China Sea. Chinese vice-premier Teng Hsiao-ping's remarks about Vietnam invasion and about 1962 invasion of India given; his stated support for United Nations Security Council resolution for Vietnam withdrawal from Cambodia and Chinese withdrawal from Vietnam mentioned. Senator confirmation of Leonard Woodcock as ambassador to Peking cited.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Attempts by Senators Jesse Helms and Charles Mathias to link Woodcock confirmation to China (PR)-Vietnam conflict reported to fail. [MATHIAS - comments.] [Senator Frank CHURCH - comments.] Upcoming debate on Vietnam invasion and Chinese refusal to rule out use of force against Taiwan, in consideration of legislature with regard to future relationship with Taiwan, noted.
REPORTER: Phil Jones Artist: Peggy Gage

Cronkite, Walter;
Jones, Phil

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