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China, PR / Blumenthal Trip / Vietnam Invasion #58172

ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 23, 1979
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(Studio) Treasury Secretary Michael Blumenthal's departure for Peking, China (PR), noted. Original purpose of trip reported to have been discussion of US-China trade; is said to have additional meaning now with Chinese invasion of Vietnam. Blumenthal's discussion with President Carter with regard to invasion mentioned. United States request to United Nations Security Council for debate on S.E. Asia situations with regard to Vietnam-Cambodia and China-Vietnam conflict stated.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Escalation of fighting in Vietnam reported Apparent USSR supply flights to Hanoi noted. Details about fighting especially around Dong Dang, given. E. German television film taken near Dong Dang shown. Traditional invasion route into Vietnam from China said to be same route used by Chinese to funnel supplies to Vietnam during war with US. Outlook for situation, as seen by pol. and diplomatic observers in Peking, given.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Peking, China, PR) Chinese vice-premier Teng Hsiao-ping's comments on fighting with Vietnam and reasons for it, include desire to stand up to USSR , outlined. His mention of Soviet improvements in Afghanistan and Czechoslovakia noted.
REPORTER: Jim Laurie

Jennings, Peter;
Laurie, Jim;
Reynolds, Frank

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