DIRECTORATE OF INTELLIGENCE
Developments in Indochina
DEVELOPMENTS IN INDOCHINA (Information aa of)
Peking has handled Hanoi's release of three M Jean airmen gingerly. There was noreception when their plane landed in fe^n" and the Chinese press has not-mentioned
Peking has handled Hanoi's release of three American airmeningerly way. The airmen and their escort party flew to Peking oneptemberegularly scheduled Chinese flight. There was no official Chinese reception on their arrival in Peking; they were metorth Vietnameseofficial and, according to westernf hustled past newsmen into waiting buses by Chines* officials. The Chinese press has notthe stopover in Peking and, in fact, has been silent on the entire priioner-releas* matter since the initial announcement early this month that Peking repeated without comment.
Byow profile, Peking has tried to make the bestad situation. The Chinese almost certainly would have preferred to stay clear of the prisoner release operation entirely so as to avoid complicating their relationships with both Hanoi and Washington.