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VIETNAM-Stakes in the Conflict with China

VIETNAM Stakes in the Conflict with China Leo Goodstadt VIETNAM'S defiant quarrel with China seems like rashness on a grandiose scale. The Vietnamese government's diplomatic stance follows upon Hanoi's successful challenge of Washington's military and economic power. Relations with the giant neighbour have became poisoned by a bitter polemic over the exodus from Vietnam, into China, during April and May this year, of 100,000 ethnic Chinese. Hanoi itself is alive to the explosive potential of the situation. At the end of May, when tempers had reached breaking point, the official Vietnam Communist Party daily, Nhan Dan, observed wryly: "The Vietnamese are not so stupid as to foment trouble with China". The paper went on to claim that a Vietnamese characteristic was "doing things carefully after much thought". Hanoi's rebuttal of its supposed rashness was evidence of its respect for Chinese strength.

Poverty and Power in Peking Politics

December 3, 1977 Poverty and Power in Peking Politics Leo Goodstadt THAT Chinese politics become violently unstable unless the whole of the top leadership has precise responsibilities has been proved by the recent upheaval. The arrest of Mao Tse-tung's widow, Chiang Ching, and three alleged conspirators less than a month after Mao's death in September 1976 has been justified by Peking with millions of words of gross vituperation. The four, taken into custody so unceremoniously, have been made scapegoats for every popular grievance and economic or political error in the present decade. The quartet, now branded the 'Gang of Four', must have enjoyed the evil potency of Satan himself to have worked all the mischief for which they are being blamed.
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