Minitrue: Rumor of PLA Troops at Vietnam Border

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.

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Troops allegedly in Guangxi, near the Vietnamese border. (Weibo)

All websites must take care to delete hearsay about PLA troops massing at the border with Vietnam. (May 22, 2014)

各网站注意清理所谓“解放军部队向中越边境集结”的谣言信息。

People have posted photos and reports of soldiers, trucks, and tanks allegedly in Guangxi and Yunnan, the two provinces bordering Vietnam. While some overseas Chinese media have reported on the sightings, the PLA denies that it is building up troops on the border [Chinese].

A standoff between a Chinese oil vessel and the Vietnamese coast guard in the South China Sea has triggered anti-Chinese violence in Vietnam.

CDT collects directives from a variety of sources and checks them against official Chinese media reports to confirm their implementation.

Since directives are sometimes communicated orally to journalists and editors, who then leak them online, the wording published here may not be exact. The date given may indicate when the directive was leaked, rather than when it was issued. CDT does its utmost to verify dates and wording, but also takes precautions to protect the source.

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