VIET NAM: Hanoi's Push

Refugees for recognition ?

As if their international image were not tarred enough by the exodus of some 900,000 citizens over the past four years, Hanoi's Communist rulers have now suffered another blow: Hoang Van Hoan, deputy chairman of Viet Nam's National Assembly since 1976 and an old comrade of Ho Chi Minh's, fled to China, becoming the first high official known to have defected from what had always seemed a remarkably close-knit regime. In Peking last week, Hoan, 74, charged that his country's abuse of its ethnic Chinese minority was "even worse than Hitler's treatment of the Jews" and that...

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