Feb 23, 2014

Do you remember it? the Sino-Vietnamese War in 1979. the authority in Beijing wanted you to forget via

China's Little Secret:
Beijing wants people to forget the Sino-Vietnamese War.


Recent articles on Vietnam in People's Daily, the Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece that essentially declared war on its southern neighbor with an editorial on Feb. 16, 1979, lacked any mention of the conflict. A Jan. 21 People's Daily article about anti-Chinese feelings in Vietnam avoided mention of any armed tussle between the two countries in the late 20th century, instead blaming the negative sentiment on Vietnamese's "sour" and "contradictory" attitude toward historical Chinese cultural influences and current economic dominance.

Not only China, even in Hanoi

Vietnam also suppresses memories of the war. On Feb. 17, the Vietnamese government deployed aerobic dancers to break up anti-Chinese protests in the capital city of Hanoi, while on Feb. 12 U.S. outlet Voice of America quoted an anonymous senior Vietnamese editor as saying the country's watchdog issued "confidential instructions" to restrict coverage of the 35th anniversary of the war.

Also, these people also were forgotten:

According to a blog post written by a self-identified Beijing reporter and posted on Sina, a few dozen veterans gathered in front of a government building in central Hunan province on Feb. 17, complaining that they had been "abandoned" and shortchanged in veterans benefits. The blog post also shows a banner, with sadly ironic text. "The martyrs who gave their life defending their sacred territory," it reads, "will never be forgotten."


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