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Duan's refusal to pay heed to China meant a hardening of Peking's position on aid. Five weeks before Le Duan's visit, Le Thanh Nghi, whom the Chinese had nicknamed "the Beggar" because of his frequent aid-seeking trips to Peking, had traveled to the Chinese capital to ask for China's assistance . 26 When, in June of 1973, Zhou had asked Duan to stop fighting in the south for two years, he had promised to give Vietnam aid at the 1973 level for five more years. But on August 13, 1975, when Nghi went to see a then-dying Zhou, he heard a different tune.
But, more probably, it was the result of a high-level directive. The Khmer Rouge leaders perhaps thought that actual occupation was the strongest argument in any territorial dispute. Khmers had never been reconciled to the loss of those coastal islands to French Cochin China and later to the successor Republic of Vietnam. In 1960 the then head of state of Cambodia , Prince Norodom Sihanouk, had tried in vain to recover Phu Quoc from South Vietnamese control through diplomacy. "The loss of the islands and the territorial waters surrounding them would lead to the stifling of the port of [Kompong Som] .
Sihanouk's friend and protector, Zhou Enlai, too, had sensed Sihanouk's frustration and shared his worry about Khmer Rouge extremism. As early as February 1973 Zhou had told Kissinger that it was "impossible for Cambodia to become completely red now . " I For him the solution was to put the prince back in power in Phnom Penh . His efforts to get the United States to talk to the prince and bring about a compromise solution, however, had failed. Two years later, when the United States had finally removed Lon Nol from Cambodia and asked the prince to return to his homeland, the Khmer Rouge guerrillas were close to final victory.