Chinese war veterans converge on Beijing in protest over missing benefits

Disgruntled Chinese military veterans converged on Beijing to protest for what they say is the government's failure to make good on promised pensions, medical insurance and other benefits.

A website maintained by a veterans group said about 1,000 joined in a sit-in protest Tuesday at the petitions office under the central military command.

In a petition posted on the site, the veterans said they were now in their 50s, 60s and 70s and in need of health care, income subsidies and other benefits promised to them under more than 40 laws and decrees issued by the central government. It said local governments had consistently failed to provide the services.

The veterans fought in 1969 border clashes with the former Soviet Union and China's 1979 invasion of northern Vietnam.