Whataboutism doesn't cut it as defense of ethnic cleansing.That was extremely unlikely. The fUSSR and even China were frightened of WW3 occurring. The problem was that the US projected it's own self onto the fUSSR rather than look at what the fUSSR leadership were doing/saying. WW3 which was likely to go nuclear was the fUSSR's greatest fear. They were the "guiding light" of Revolution, what better way to snuff out the "guiding light" than a few well placed nuclear bombs? A few missing ships? Unlikely to provoke much except a few harsh words.
Not from the Vietnamese viewpoint. The Chinese were interlopers, recent migrants to the country. The other minorities were minor groups of malcontents. Either they could shape up or ship out. The Chinese were expelled because of long standing tensions exacerbated by the PRC's invasion of 1979. Who are we to criticise their treatment of their minorities? Look at how the US treats it's Native American population and it's blacks. Look at how Australia treats it's native population. We are hypocrites according to the Vietnamese.
Not even close. The U.S. actions toward the Native tribes/bands was deplorable. Take you pick of any similar event in the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st Centuries and it is deplorable. Defending any of them is actionable.
Kicked for a week.