Nguyen Manh Ai:
around the end of 1945
when the Chiang Kai Shek troops
entered Hai Phong
. At that
time I was in charge of the C-section of the city, which included the
old districts of Hai An, Dong Khe, and Hang Kenh. The Chinese troops went there every
day to loot. As we observed them, we realized that they really did not
know too much about things and that many of them had been just Chinese peasants...
Nguyen Manh Ai:
It was around the end of
that Chiang Kai Shek troops entered Hai Phong
. They were really
ignorant people and really did not know anything at all. All they knew
was looting. Yet, sometimes while they were looting, they would pick up
bars of soap and took big bites out of them, thinking that they were
edible. After chewing on the soap, they would make faces like monkeys.
They looted everything from the inhabitants of Hai Phong
, clothes and anything
that looked interesting to them. I was a political cadre of the Viet Minh. I had a Browning self
load pistol. One day, seven Chinese troops came into a neighborhood of the city and looted.
They were led by a Vietnamese Nationalist Party member. I arrived and
tried to stop them from the looting.
They asked me who I was that
I dared to intervene? I replied that I was only a local cadre. They
demanded to see my papers and I refused because this was an act of
infringement upon our national sovereignty. By that time they suspected
that I must have really been a cadre and that I must have had a gun on
me, so they tried to jump me in order to steal my gun. But our self
defense units and young men in the neighborhood stopped them. When the
Chinese saw that there were
so many people coming to my protection, they withdrew.