Sino-Vietnamese War 1979

[ 1979 ]

Although communist China had backed North Vietnam in its struggle against South Vietnam and the United States, the Chinese and Vietnamese were traditional enemies; tensions between the two increased when Vietnam strengthened its ties with the Soviet Union, invaded Laos and Cambodia (Kampuchea) in late 1978, and expelled Chinese living in Vietnam. On February 17, 1979, some 120,000 well-equipped Chinese troops crossed the border into northern Vietnam in several places and seized control of several towns; they penetrated 25 miles into Vietnamese territory, encountering stiff resistance. Divisions from Vietnamese occupying forces in Cambodia arrived to reinforce the resistance, which was unable, however, to prevent the Chinese capture of Lang Son, a vital center in Vietnam's northern provinces, on March 3, 1979. About the same time, a separate Chinese force reached the coastal town of Quang Yen, some 100 miles from Hanoi, after several days of fierce fighting against Vietnamese units. Meanwhile, Vietnamese counteroffensives across the border into China's Yunnan province were repulsed. Declaring its punitive military operation against Vietnam a success, China began withdrawing its forces about March 6, 1979, and within two weeks they were all back on Chinese territory. Subsequently, there were many exchanges of fire along the Chinese-Vietnamese border and numerous talks to reach an accord, but no treaty or settlement was concluded.

Weapon Name Weapon Class Weapon Class Type
Tank Type 63 Vehicle Armoured Fighting Vehicle
Type 60 122 mm Field Gun Vehicle Towed Artillery
TT pistol Manportable Handguns
FB PM-63 Manportable Machine Guns
RPD Manportable Machine Guns
Type 81 assault rifle Manportable Rifles
PK machine gun Manportable Machine Guns
RPK Manportable Machine Guns
Type 69 RPG Manportable Rocket Launcher
RPG-2 Manportable Rocket Launcher

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