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Chinese refugees leave Vietnam in 1978


The bitter China-Vietnam border war took place 30 years ago.

Many Chinese in Vietnam had already started to leave the country before 1979.

Some said they could not get jobs, others that they were being forced to take Vietnamese nationality and others that they had ideological differences with the Vietnamese vision of socialism.

On 1 August 1978, the BBC's Philip Short reported from China on what Beijing considered to be mistreatment of ethnic Chinese living in Vietnam.

It was to be one of the triggers for the brief but bloody conflict of 1979.

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