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China -Vietnam War
(Feb. 17-Mar. 16, 1979)-- Similar to the difficulties
between Cambodia and Vietnam, the Hanoi regime enjoyed
good relations with China during the war against the
United States and South Vietnam, but once that conflict
ended, ideological and historical differences interfered
with Sino-Vietnamese relations. Using the Vietnamese
invasion of China's ally Cambodia as a pretext, China
launched a massive attack along their common border.
Vietnam's border troops put up a very good defense,
causing major casualties to the Chinese People's
Liberation Army (PLA). Within a month of the invasion,
China basically declared that it had taught Hanoi a
lesson and withdrew.
Results of this war
include: moving Hanoi closer to the Soviet Union,
which was a rival of China; a modernization of the PLA as
China realized they did not do very well against a
smaller country; and the beginning of a long-lasting but
low-level border conflict with between Vietnam and