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Foreign Ministry willing to help Taiwanese leave Vietnam

2014/05/14 13:48:14

Looted Taiwanese factory in Vietnam. (Photo courtesy of Vietnam-based Taiwanese businessmen)

Taipei, May 14 (CNA) Though the violence against Taiwanese nationals in Vietnam has not reached the point where an evacuation is necessary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is willing to help Taiwanese working there return home, Foreign Minister David Lin said Wednesday.

Taiwanese factories in Vietnam have been attacked in recent days by Vietnamese protesting China's deployment in of an oil rig in South China Sea waters claimed by Hanoi. The protesters have failed to make any distinction between Taiwanese and Chinese nationals.

Lin said his ministry was in close contact with Taiwan's two major airlines that operate flights between Taiwan and Vietnam, and both promised to add flights if needed.

Lin cited the carriers' executives as saying there would be no problem for these extra flights to fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei directly or via other cities.

The minister said his staff will do whatever they can to ensure the safety of Taiwanese nationals in Vietnam.

(By Tang Pei-chun and Maubo Chang)
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