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The Law-Imprisoned Undertrials

though Deng Xiaoping has spoken of exposing "the myth of the invincibility of Viet Nam". China's operation may, therefore, indeed prove "limited in time and space", as stated by the Chinese government at the outset. And, for that reason, despite affirmations that it will fulfil its obligations to Viet Nam under the Treaty of Friendship and Co- operation and some demonstrative naval movements in the South China Sea, the Soviet Union is unlikely to feel called upon to intervene directly in the fighting this time. However, the invasion of Kampuchea by Viet Nam, the war of resistance against the invaders by the people of Kampuchea which is bound to gather momentum, the eventual people's upsurge in Laos against the stationing of Vietnamese troops (hero and the . Vietnamese-backed government, the relations of bitter hostility between China and Viet Nam Ijftwo countries which had described themselves as being as inseparable as "teeth and lips'' during Viet Nam's liberation war against the US) must all be accepted as the inevitable consequence of the Soviet Union's efforts, successful .so far, to step into the shoes of the defeated United States and to emerge ad the dominant superpower in the Indo-China region.

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