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Cabinet to help Taiwanese businessmen return home from Vietnam

2014/05/15 22:35:23

Taipei, May 15 (CNA) The government will hold regular meetings to discuss short- and medium-term measures for helping Taiwanese businessmen and their family members return home from Vietnam amid raging anti-China protests, Vice Premier Mao Chi-kuo said Thursday.

The Executive Yuan is closely monitoring developments in Vietnam, a production base for many Taiwanese businesses, Mao said at the first meeting of a Cabinet emergency response task force.

Taiwanese citizens in the Southeast Asian country have been advised to contact local diplomatic officials for helping arrange flights home, he said.

Executive Yuan spokesman Sun Lih-chyun said that Thursday's meeting established a crisis report system to ensure the safety of Taiwanese citizens working, studying and traveling in Vietnam.

The government has began working with airlines to provide transportation and providing legal consultants for Taiwanese firms planning to seek compensation from the Vietnamese government, he said.

Another emergency meeting is set for Friday and is expected to come up with more precise numbers for the people wishing to be evacuated.

The Cabinet's response team is made up officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Overseas Community Affairs Council, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior, according to Mao.

The anti-Chinese riots erupted earlier in the week after Vietnamese crowds took to the streets to protest a Chinese oil-drill set up in an area of the South China Sea also claimed by Hanoi.

Hundreds of Taiwan-invested companies in Vietnam have been directly affected by the riots, and at least two people have been killed in the ensuing violence.

According to media reports from Vietnam, hundreds of ethnic Chinese have fled to neighboring countries, including Cambodia, to escape the unrest.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Maia Huang)
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