VIET NAM: We Are Strong and Stubborn

Its huge military force is well equipped, but stretched thin

The messages from Hanoi and Peking crackled with bellicosity. On July 4 the official Viet Nam news agency reported that a protest note had been delivered to the Chinese embassy, charging that Peking's forces had fired "hundreds of mortar shells" at two towns in Hoang Lien Son province. Two days later, Radio Hanoi reported that Chinese gunners had provoked an artillery duel, "causing dozens of casualties and destroying many houses." Peking responded in kind. On July 5 a protest note was sent to...

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