Taipei, May 20 (CNA) A delegation sent by Taiwan's ruling party, the Kuomintang (KMT), arrived in Ho Chi Minh City Tuesday to show concern for Taiwanese businesspeople affected by last week's anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam.
Led by KMT Secretary-General Tseng Yung-chuan on behalf of party head and Republic of China President Ma Ying-jeou, the KMT representatives also went to Thu Dau Mot, the capital city of Binh Duong Province, the center of the rioting that broke out May 12.
Meeting with nearly 100 Taiwanese nationals sheltered at a hotel in the provincial capital, Tseng offered his sympathies and listened as the businesspeople spoke eagerly about their needs.
Tseng reassured them that his party will assist Taiwanese businesses in rebuilding and seeking compensation from Vietnam government under a bilateral investment protection agreement signed in 1993.
A total of 224 Taiwanese companies have reported damage and losses due to the anti-Chinese riots, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, which said 18 factories and buildings were set on fire, five of which were completely destroyed.
Operations at about 1,100 Taiwanese enterprises have been interrupted, figures showed.
The anti-Chinese protests erupted in southern Vietnam on May 12 over a Chinese oil-drilling venture in an area of the South China Sea that Hanoi insists is in its exclusive economic zone. The targets of the protests and ensuing violence included Taiwanese companies and individuals.
At least two Chinese citizens were killed in the chaos.
Taiwan's government plans to send a delegation headed by Deputy Economics Minister Shen Jong-chin Wednesday to assess damage sustained by Taiwanese businesses during the violent protests and to work on establishing a negotiation channel with Vietnamese authorities.
(By Claudia Liu, Tony Fang, Chiu Chun-chin and Jeffrey Wu)ENDITEM/WH
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