China invaded Vietnam in 1979 to “teach it a lesson”, but the conflict it sparked ran for more than a decade and cost thousands of lives. Photo: Handout

Border war with Vietnam a lingering wound for China’s forgotten soldiers

  • Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of the start of the Sino-Vietnamese war but there will be no commemorations in Beijing
  • Ex-soldiers say they just want to be acknowledged for the sacrifices they and the 7,000 who died – many of them teenagers – made for their country
Topic |   China military

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China invaded Vietnam in 1979 to “teach it a lesson”, but the conflict it sparked ran for more than a decade and cost thousands of lives. Photo: Handout
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