SOUTHEAST ASIA: Hail the Conquering Heroes

China withdraws its troops−and Viet Nam mobilizes

As far as China was concerned, the war was over and China had won. In the mountainous southern provinces of Yunnan and Guangxi (Kwangsi) red and gold bunting festooned commune buildings, farmers plunked merrily on classical instruments, and firecrackers exploded in celebration. Divisions of the People's Liberation Army were marching home, and they were hailed as conquering heroes. In Viet Nam, the Hanoi Government proposed peace talks to begin this Friday in the war-ravaged town of Lang Son, and it seemed likely China would agree to negotiate. Earlier in the week, however, Hanoi...

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