The Cold War in Asia
East Asia 1979.0305
Korean War, Indochina War, Vietnam War, Invasion of Tibet, Mao Zedong (5 March 1979)
Historical Map of East Asia & the Western Pacific
The Khmer Rouge's brutal rule in Cambodia led to millions of deaths, while its growing antagonism with its former Vietnamese allies erupted into full scale war in 1978. Vietnam quickly occupied most of Cambodia, prompting China, which had supported the Khmer Rouge, to attack Vietnam. After a month of brutal but inconclusive warfare, the Chinese withdrew.
Between 1.5 and 3 million Cambodians die under Khmer Rouge rule
Indonesian invasion of East Timor
In Operasi Seroja (Operation Lotus), the Indonesian navy bombarded Dili, capital of newly independent East Timor, followed by the simultaneous landing of Indonesian seaborne troops and paratroopers. Further assaults captured Bacau on 10 December and Liquisa and Maubara on Christmas Day. However, East Timorese troops held out in the interior until 1978, and sporadic guerrilla warfare would continue into the 1990s.
Unification of Vietnam
Unification of North and South Vietnam as Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Mao Zedong dies
Mao Zedong, leader of People's Republic of China, dies at 82
Dissolution of SEATO
South East Asia Treaty Organization formally dissolved
Independence of the Solomon Islands
The Solomon Islands is made independent of the United Kingdom, with 35 year old Chief Minister Peter Kenilorea becoming Prime Minister.
Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia
Vietnam invades and occupies Cambodia, expelling Khmer Rouge to western border
China invades northern Vietnam in response to Vietnamese occupation of Cambodia