10 Taiwanese factories in Vietnam set afire during protests

05/14/2014 05:19 PM
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(Photo courtesy of Vietnam-based Taiwanese businessmen)
(Photo courtesy of Vietnam-based Taiwanese businessmen)

Taipei, May 14 (CNA) Ten factories run by Taiwanese enterprises in southern Vietnam were set on fire and damaged during anti-China protests that turned violent on Tuesday, Taiwan's Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) said Wednesday.

The factories set ablaze were located in Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces, the council said.

Vietnamese province of Binh Duong (left) and Dong Nai:

One Taiwanese national, who was hit in the head with a club, was injured during the violence and required three stitches, according to the council.

Thousands of protesters demonstrated in the southern Vietnamese provinces, home to many foreign-invested facilities, to show their opposition to a Chinese oil-drilling venture in South China Sea waters Hanoi sees as its exclusive economic zone.

The demonstrations turned violent when protesters attacked factories identified by signs with Chinese characters or those with Chinese nationals as managers.

Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the violence and issued a travel warning to Vietnam, while the OCAC said measures will be taken to help the affected Taiwanese businesses in Vietnam get back on their feet.

OCAC chief Chen Shyh-kwei has instructed the council's offices in the Southeast Asian country to provide Taiwanese businessmen living there any assistance needed, OCAC officials said.

More than 1,000 Taiwanese enterprises are estimated to be operating in Binh Duong, and the Binh Duong Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce, with 450 members, is the largest Taiwanese business organization in Vietnam.

The Dong Nai Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce has 240 members.

(By Tang Pei-chun and Elizabeth Hsu) ENDITEM/ls

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