People's Republic of China Edit
First Indochina WarEdit
China was also active in aiding the Vienamese in their war against the French. In the early 1950s the Chinese sent captured American artillery pieces from Korea to aid Vietnam. According to Mao Zedong in an interview with Edgar Snow, Chinese artillery gunners were instrumental in the battle of Dienbienphu.
The People's Republic of China's involvement in the Vietnam War began in the summer of 1962, when Mao Zedong agreed to supply Hanoi with 90,000 rifles and guns free of charge. After the launch of Operation Rolling Thunder, China sent engineering battalions and supporting anti-aircraft units to North Vietnam to repair the damage caused by American bombing, build roads, railroads and to perform other engineering works. This freed North Vietnamese army units to go to the South. Between 1965 and 1970 over 320,000 Chinese soldiers served in North Vietnam; the peak year was 1967 when 170,000 were serving there. In April 2006, an event was held in Vietnam to honor the approximately 1100 Chinese soldiers who were killed in the Vietnam War; a further 4200 were injured.