Hanoi vows to protect Taiwanese as anti-China riots continue

05/15/2014 09:06 PM
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Hanoi, May 15 (CNA) The Vietnamese government vowed Thursday to protect Taiwanese citizens and their assets in the country where as many as 21 people have died in violent anti-China protests that have also targeted Taiwanese factories.

The government in Hanoi will do its utmost to ensure the safety of Taiwanese and other foreign businesspeople in the southern province of Binh Duong and protect their assets and rights, said foreign ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh at a regular briefing.

Le said that authorities had moved swiftly to crack down on protests and are determined to take action against the rioters.

The remarks came two days after thousands of protesters took to the streets in the southern province to protest China's decision to move an oil rig into a disputed part of the South China Sea.

The demonstrations turned violent, with protesters looting and setting fire to factories with signs bearing Chinese characters, many of which are actually owned by Taiwanese companies.

(By Scully Hsiao)enditem/WH

Related stories:●May 15: One dead in Taiwanese plant in Vietnam anti-China protest●May 15: Vietnam tourism authority asks Taiwanese to keep visiting●May 14: Taiwan issues travel alerts for Ho Chi Minh City, suburban provinces

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