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Sino-Vietnamese War, 1979

The Sino-Vietnamese War was a brief but significant border war fought between two former socialist allies from February through March 1979.

  • June 06, 1978

    Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on Question of Hoa People in Viet Nam

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam defends its track record in handling the question of Hoa People, or ethnic Chinese, in Vietnam and acusses China of creating "anti-Vietnamese feeling among the Chinese people."

  • June 12, 1978

    Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on the Expulsion of Chinese Residents by Viet Nam

    The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs insists that Vietnam has "distorted the facts and made unfounded counter-charges" in its statement "on Question of Hoa People in Viet Nam."

  • June 20, 1978

    Four Notes Transmitted by the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

    Four separate notes from the Government and Foreign Ministry of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam on the downturn in relations between China and Vietnam.

  • July 07, 1978

    Vietnamese Government's Note to Chinese Government

    The Government of Vietnam is disturbed by the atrophying of relations with China.

  • July 24, 1978

    Notes of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

    The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that it is recalling its Consul General from Ho Chi Minh City and complains about Vietnam's treatment of the Hoa people.

  • September 05, 1978

    Speech made by Pham Van Dong

    Pham Van Dong speaks on the war against Pol Pot and Ieng Sary, the issue of the Hoa people in Vietnam, and border disputes with China.

  • September 07, 1978

    Chinese Protests against Vietnam

    Three protest notes from the Chinese government over Vietnam's treatment of Chinese nationals and its suspension of railway traffic between the two countries.

  • October 05, 1978

    Chinese Government Delegation Leader's Statement at 8th Session of Sino-Vietnamese Negotiations

    Speech made by Chung Hsi-tung (Zhong Xidong) on the issue of Chinese nationals in Vietnam.

  • October 09, 1978

    Statement by Vietnamese Chief Delegate Hoang Bich Son at the 8th Meeting in the Negotiations between the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and the People's Republic of China

    Hoang Bich Son discusses the ethnic Chinese in Vietnam.

  • December 11, 1978

    Letter, Chen Chu to H.E. Baron Rudiger von Wechmar

    Chen Chu denounces the Vietnamese war against Cambodia as well as Hanoi's treatment of ethnic Chinese in Vietnam.

  • 1979

    Comrade B on the Plot of the Reactionary Chinese Clique Against Vietnam

    Speech by Comrade B (Le Duan) regarding the plot of reactionary Chinese clique against Vietnam. The document illuminates the views and attitudes of Vietnam's top leader in the crisis year 1979, and also some aspects of the situation within the socialist camp at that particular juncture.

  • January 25, 1979

    Note of the Foreign Ministry of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam Sent to the Chinese Embassy in Ha Noi on the Viet Nam - China Railway Service

    The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry claims that China is violating Vietnamese sovereignty.

  • February 09, 1979

    Mongolian Record of Conversation with Soviet Officials in Moscow, February 1979

    Discusses the cancellation of the alliance treaty between China and the Soviet Union, and the impact this will have on the Mongolian People’s Republic. They are urged not to hurry the cancellation of the treaty, however, because China has not yet explicitly asked for it. They also note that there are anti-Soviet propaganda items being spread in Korea, and the growing role the U.S. is playing in Chinese affairs.

  • February 10, 1979

    Message from the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam addressed to the Secretary-General

    The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry reports that Chinese troops have amassed along the Sino-Vietnamese border.

  • February 10, 1979

    Urgent Message from Nguyen Duy Trinh

    Nguyen Duy Trinh informs the UN Secretary General of China's military maneuvers on the Sino-Vietnamese border.

  • February 12, 1979

    Chinese Foreign Ministry's Note to the Vietnamese Embassy in China Protesting against Viet Nam's Military Provocations

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry accuses Vietnam of sending troops into Yunnnan and Guangxi and attacking Chinese citizens.

  • February 15, 1979

    Letter, Chen Chu to Ambassador A.Y. Bishara

    Chen Chu announces that "the Vietnamese authorities are pursuing a policy of aggression and expansion abroad."

  • February 16, 1979

    Chinese Foreign Ministry's Note of Protest against Vietnamese Encroachment upon Chinese Territory and Creation of Bloodshed

    The Chinese government reports that "Vietnamese armed personnel encroached upon Chinese border areas on nearly 30 occassions."

  • February 16, 1979

    Memorandum of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam on the Chinese Authorities' Intensified Armed Activities on the Viet Nam Border and their Frantic War Preparations against Viet Nam

    A Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Report outlining its allegations that China is provoking hostilities on the Sino-Vietnamese border.

  • February 16, 1979

    Memorandum dated 14 February 1979 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam on the Chinese Authorities' Intensified Armed Activities on the Viet Nam Border and their Frantic War Preparations against Viet Nam

    Vietnam claims that China has "intensified armed activities" on the Sino-Vietnamese border.