Situation in Vietnam has improved: foreign minister

05/15/2014 09:58 AM

Taipei, May 15 (CNA) The situation in Vietnam appeared to be relatively quiet, with most of Binh Duong Province under control, Taiwan's Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin said Thursday.

He made the comments as the government worked with China Airlines, one of Taiwan's major international air carriers, to organize a charter flight later in the day to Ho Chi Minh City to pick up Taiwanese expatriates who want to flee Vietnam after riots broke out earlier in the week.

Many of them are business people based in Binh Duong, an area most affected by the riots.

In addition to helping Taiwanese nationals who want to flee from the riots, the foreign ministry is ordering 20,000 signs for Taiwanese companies to use as a protective measure, the ministry said in a report to the Legislative Yuan.

The sign says "I'm Taiwanese" and "I come from Taiwan" in the Vietnamese language, designed to help Taiwanese avoid being mistaken for Chinese.

The riots erupted after Vietnamese crowds took to the streets to protest a Chinese oil-drilling venture in an area in the South China Sea that Hanoi regards as its exclusive economic zone.

(By Tang Pei-chun and Jay Chen)


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