More Taiwanese return from Vietnam ahead of anti-Chinese protests

05/17/2014 10:31 PM

Taipei, May 17 (CNA) More Taiwanese businessmen and their families returned home from Vietnam Saturday ahead of expected mass anti-Chinese demonstrations in the Southeast Asian country.

A man identified only by his surname Chen, who runs an air and sea shipping company in Vietnam, said he was fleeing Vietnam with his two children for fear that Sunday's demonstrations might spiral out of control, although the Vietnamese government has forbidden any violence during the protests.

Chen said Chinese nationals in Vietnam are very nervous about the situation there, and even the mention of the upcoming protests was enough to make his Chinese employees shiver.

Vietnamese protesters are planning to hold rallies across the country on Sunday against a Chinese oil-drilling venture in a disputed area of the South China Sea.

Similar protests held earlier this week turned violent and led to days of attacks on Taiwanese- and Chinese-owned businesses in southern Vietnam.

Around 6,000 Taiwanese nationals have returned safely from Vietnam since the riots erupted, according to the Ministry of the Interior.

(By Bien Chen-feng and Y.F. Low)ENDITEM /pc

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