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China, PR / Vietnam Invasion / USSR #58146

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 22, 1979
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(Studio) USSR 's repeated warning to China (PR) to pull troops out of Vietnam noted; China's negative reply reported Fighting stated to seem more intense.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Compilation of reports with regard to apparent reinforcement of both sides in fighting noted. Reports that Vietnam General Vo Nguyen Giap has returned from Cambodia to direct Vietnam efforts stated.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(No location given) Details given, as known, about fighting in area around Lang Son, Vietnam. Japanese camera crew's presence in area noted; film shown. Speculation with regard to strategic plans by both sides reported; potential for USSR naval action if Chinese try to cut off Vietnam supply lines mentioned. Arrival of Soviet ships in South China Sea stated. United States analysts' reports on potential Soviet aid to Vietnam cited.
REPORTER: John Martin

(Studio) Chinese silence about conflict noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Peking, China, PR) Lack of information about conflict being presented to public in Peking noted; details given. Refusals of China and Vietnam to break off diplomatic relationship reported to mean Vietnam ambassador is still in Peking. Fighting said to have lasted longer than experts predicted and stated to be of concern.
REPORTER: Jim Laurie

(Studio) USSR factor in conflict examined. Propaganda campaign by Sovs. noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Moscow, USSR ) Details of Soviet propaganda campaign against China given. "Pravda's" chgs, that United States heard Chinese vice-premier Teng Hsiao-ping's intention to invade Vietnam and should have condemned it stated. Indications with regard to any further Soviet action noted.
REPORTER: Charles Bierbauer

(Studio) United States formal request for United Nations Security Council meeting to consider fighting in S.E. Asia, both Vietnam-Cambodia conflict and China-Vietnam battle, reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Bierbauer, Charles;
Jennings, Peter;
Laurie, Jim;
Martin, John;
Reynolds, Frank

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