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Cambodia / Chinese Influence / Evacuation of Cities #37557

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 09, 1975
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(Studio) Cambodia's Khmer Rouge government says it has begun sound, clean sociosystem to repair damage of war. Radio broadcast says Lon Nol government depended too much on United States aid; new Cambodia to be largely agriculture Last statement could help explain reports of all civilians leaving cities for cntryside.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Top State Department officials discuss possible reasons for Khmer Rouge's evacuation of cities. Cambodia agriculture cntry., planting season at hand and all available manpower needed. Dispersing middle class anti-Communists into country eases security problems. Cambodia seems to be using China as example for revamping country now.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(Studio) ABC reporter Lee Rudakewych, who just reached Thailand from Cambodia, says he was told Khmer Rouge holding some United States servicemen captive; plan to barter release in exchange for needed goods. State Department has no comments.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Reporter(s):
Koppel, Ted;
Reasoner, Harry;
Smith, Howard K.
Duration:
00:02:10

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