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Deng Xiaoping's Long WarThe Military Conflict between China and Vietnam, 1979-1991$
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Xiaoming Zhang

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469621241

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621241.001.0001

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A Decadelong Continued Border Conflict, 1980–1990

A Decadelong Continued Border Conflict, 1980–1990

(p.141) 6 A Decadelong Continued Border Conflict, 1980–1990
Deng Xiaoping's Long War

Xiaoming Zhang

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the border conflict between China and Vietnam during the period 1980–1990, which can be divided into four phases. During the first phase (April 1979–November 1980), both sides sought to reconfigure their border defenses and to harass each other on a small scale. The second phase (May 1981–November 1984) saw Chinese forces take more offensive actions against Vietnamese-occupied mountain ranges along the border. The third phase (December 1984–October 1987) featured intensified fighting in the Laoshan area, with both sides committing a large number of forces to offensive and counteroffensive operations. The last phase (November 1987–March 1990) was a stalemate, with Chinese forces conducting special operations until the withdrawal of the last field army unit from the border region.

Keywords:   China, Vietnam, border conflict, invasion, border defenses, Laoshan

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