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
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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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Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan is an award-winning journalist, specialising in reporting on defence and diplomacy in China. Her coverage of the US EP-3 spy plane crash with a PLA J-8 in 2001 near the South China Sea opened her door to the military world. Since then, she has had several scoops relating to China's military development. She has been at the Post since 2005 and has a master's in international public affairs from The University of Hong Kong.