INDOCHINA: When Communists Collide

Viet Nam and Cambodia clash in a far from fraternal border conflict

Fighting raged once again in Indochina last week, and troops surged into Cambodia's Parrot's Beak region, where American forces in 1970 had made their highly controversial incursion. This time, however, the foes were two Communist nations that had survived and triumphed over U.S. might. Viet Nam and Cambodia (which now calls itself Democratic Kampuchea) challenged each other not only with deadly gunfire but with blasts of bitter propaganda, while their sponsoring powers, the Soviet Union and China, watched uneasily from the sidelines.

By week's end, Vietnamese spearheads had penetrated...

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