Taipei, May 18 (CNA) More than 200 Taiwanese-invested companies in Vietnam have been damaged during recent anti-China protests, of which 18 were set on fire, official data showed Sunday.
As of Sunday noon, 224 Taiwanese-invested companies have been affected by demonstrations and protests that broke out last week after China moved an oil rig to a disputed part of the South China Sea, according to the latest tallies by Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Most of the affected factories were located in the southern province of Binh Duong, the epicenter of the May 13 riots, where 175 companies were damaged, followed by 41 factories in neighboring Dong Nai Province.
Six companies run by Taiwanese businesspeople in Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in southern Vietnam, were vandalized. Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province in the south and Ha Tinh Province on the north central coast had one each, according to the ministry data.
While situations in Vietnam on Sunday were largely peaceful despite rumors of nationwide anti-China protests, diplomatic missions in Vietnam urged Taiwanese expatriates there to take precautions amid worries of widened demonstrations on Monday, the 124th birthday anniversary of Vietnam's revolutionary and late President Ho Chi Minh.
(By Constant Wu and Scully Hsiao)enditem/sc
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