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Taiwan demands better protection from Vietnam for investors

2014/05/16 13:26:26

(Photo courtesy of Vietnam-based Taiwanese businessmen)

Taipei, May 16 (CNA) Taiwan's government Friday demanded Vietnam deploy adequate numbers of soldiers and law enforcement personnel to protect Taiwanese nationals in the country after days of protests and attacks on Taiwanese and Chinese-owned businesses in Vietnam.

Speaking during a meeting to address the ongoing violent anti-Chinese movement in Vietnam, Vice Premier Mao Chi-kuo called on authorities in the Southeast Asian country to handle the situation and ensure that similar incidents do not happen in the future.

He stressed that Taiwan will seek compensation from Vietnam for the losses caused to Taiwanese businesses and individuals.

At the vice premier's request, Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin again summoned Vietnam's representative to Taiwan, Bui Trong Van, Friday morning to relay Taipei's position on the matter.

The riots centered around the southern province of Binh Duong erupted Tuesday, after Vietnamese crowds took to the streets to protest a Chinese oil-drilling venture in an area of the South China Sea that Hanoi regards as its exclusive economic zone.

An initial investigation found that more than 100 Taiwanese factories had been broken into, including around a dozen that had been set ablaze, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Several hundreds of other factories and offices have suspended operations out of safety considerations.

The ministry said the situation in Vietnam has been mostly brought under control. It has set up a one-stop service counter to assist Taiwanese investors who suffered financial losses in the riots.

With the help of its mission in Ho Chi Minh City, the ministry has hired lawyers in Vietnam to provide legal advice and assistance in securing compensation from the Vietnamese government, it said.

(By Tang Pei-chun and Y.F. Low)
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