Taiwanese businesses suffer from anti-China protest in Vietnam
Update: June 18:●Vietnam vows to help Taiwanese businesses recover from riots
Video report:Taiwan request help in Vietnam
Hanoi, May 13 (CNA) The Vietnamese government has mobilized riot police and military forces to handle the aftermath of an incident in which an anti-China protest march held Tuesday by hundreds of workers in Binh Duong Province turned into a riot.
Factories belonging to several Taiwanese companies that had Chinese-language signboards were damaged, according to Taiwan's representative to Vietnam, Huang Chih-peng.
The government sent high-ranking officials from Hanoi to deal with the riot after the protest against Chinese oil drilling in the South China sea turned violent, affecting nearly 1,000 Taiwanese companies in the province and forcing some Taiwanese businessmen to flee, according to Huang.
Huang said he had already demanded that Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security take immediate action to quash the unrest, and Vietnamese foreign affairs officials said the government would mobilize the military to quell the riot.
Some Vietnamese people attributed local police inaction to the protest spiralling out of control, according to Huang, who added that the Vietnamese police should have told the protesters the difference between Taiwan and China.
Huang said Taiwan's representative office in Vietnam had already lodged a protest with the Vietnamese government.
The representative office also expressed the hope that the problem can be resolved as soon as possible, as it is related to whether Taiwanese businessmen will be prepared to stay there, Huang said.
The representative office also said that to protect the safety of businessmen in the country, it has asked factories belonging to Taiwanese companies to strengthen security over access to their facilities and to erect signs showing words such as "Taiwanese business." In case of emergency, they are encouraged to call 04-38335501 and 0913219986 to seek assistance from the office.
Anti-China sentiment has been mounting as tensions rose in the resource-rich South China Sea last week when China positioned a giant oil rig in an area also claimed by Vietnam. Each country accused the other of ramming their ships near the disputed Paracel Islands.
The situation has prompted Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to warn people traveling to Vietnam to be careful of their personal safety.
(By Tony Fang and Evelyn Kao)ENDITEM/J
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