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Hong Kong issues Vietnam travel warning after mobs torch Chinese factories

Beijing and Hong Kong authorities warn against travel to Vietnam after protesters, angry over oil drilling in disputed waters, run amok

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 May, 2014, 12:23pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 May, 2014, 11:30am

The Hong Kong government issued an amber travel warning for Vietnam after protesters there vandalised hundreds of foreign-owned factories and torched at least 15 of them.

The riots followed a large protest by workers on Tuesday against China's recent placement of an oil rig in disputed waters around the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.

Watch: Protesters torch Chinese factories in Vietnam after South China Sea dispute escalated

The rioting in Binh Duong province followed protests by up to 20,000 workers at industrial parks near Ho Chi Minh City. Smaller groups of men attacked factories they believed were mainland Chinese-run, but many were Taiwanese or South Korean, the provincial government said.

"Everyone is terrified," said Serena Liu, chairwoman of the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam. "Some people tried to drive out of Binh Duong, but looters had put up roadblocks."

More than 200 Taiwanese took shelter at the Mira Hotel in Thu Dau Mot, according to Chen Bor-show, director general of the Taipei Economic and Culture Office in Ho Chi Minh City.

There were similar protests in nearby Dong Nai province.

"The workers [don't care] which country the factory belongs to," said Bob Hsu, general manager of Taiwan's Great Super Enterprise, which shut its garment factories in Dong Nai. Protesters looking at company names "are just trying to find a Chinese word. It includes Korean, Japanese factories".

"Factories with Chinese writing or names are targets of destruction," a Hong Kong garment manufacturer in Ho Chi Minh who did not want to be named said. His factory had so far escaped the protests unscathed, partly helped by a disguised Chinese identity. "We are a joint venture with a local Vietnamese investor, and luckily we don't have any Chinese writing at our factory entrance," he said.

Felix Chung Kwok-pan, a lawmaker for the textiles and garment constituency, said there were hundreds of Hong Kong-owned factories in Vietnam, and the labour-intensive industry was the biggest victim of the anti-China riots.

Hong Kong's Immigration Department said by 10pm yesterday it had received three requests for help from Hongkongers in Vietnam.

The foreign ministry in Beijing and its embassy in Hanoi issued warnings to Chinese citizens. The embassy's website said it saw no end to the attacks and urged Chinese to take precautions.

In Taipei, President Ma Ying-jeou told a national security conference that if the situation worsened, the government would send aircraft to evacuate its nationals.

Singapore called in Vietnam's ambassador to the country to voice concerns over the protests, according to a statement from the city-state's foreign ministry.

"Singapore views this issue very seriously given our close economic cooperation with Vietnam," the ministry said in the statement. The government had "requested the Vietnamese authorities to restore order urgently".

The United States issued an appeal for the dispute over the oil rig to be settled through dialogue, not intimidation.

Bloomberg, Associated Press, Reuters



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How is that different when Chinese mobs rioted against Japanese factories, products and cars? They seem to be following the exact same formula. Did the Chinese workers suffer after?
No...the foreign companies will stay put. It's the Chinese owned companies that will have to think twice...
a taste of it's own medicine...they did this to japan when communist china organize a big rally going against and targeting japanese firm...causing large damages and losses to japanese factories...and they easily walk away with it without any compensation...the vietnamese should attack those factories which are own and operated by china...this evil and greedy communist china should be STOP at once for their aggressive act..the ASEAN nation should united together and impose some sanction against the communist china...STOP importing those filthy and rubbish products that are made in china...
A Matsui
The South Vietnamese that rioted and burned down the factories are doing so not only because of the Chinese oil rig but also because they are full of resentment against the Vietnamese government in Hanoi which defeated South Vietnam in 1974. The South Vietnamese have never really integrated with their enemies from the North and have scores to settle. Obviously China having help the North Vietnamese defeat the South are disliked as well. However this riot will be seen by the authorities in Hanoi to crack down on the South especially if the foreign businesses pulls out leaving the Vietnamese even more severe problems.
Then stop buying Chinese products or Made in China products. Have fun to find any.
The Japanese and the French renounced their claims as soon as their respective occupations ended.
Following I quoted from Vikipedia:
In 1958, the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued a declaration defining its territorial waters within what is known as the nine-dotted line which encompassed the Spratly Islands. North Vietnam's prime minister, Ph?m Van Ð?ng, sent a diplomatic note to Zhou Enlai, stating that "The Government of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam respects this decision."The diplomatic note was written on September 14 and was publicized on Nhan Dan newspaper (Vietnam) on September 22, 1958. In 1959, the islands were put under at the administrative level of banshichu in 1959. In 1988, the banshichu were switched to the administration of the newly-founded Hainan Province.

Again, I am not taking sides and my comments here is based on historical facts and the Modern International Maritime Laws.

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Jennie PC Chiang/江佩珍 05/15/14 美國
Chinese double standards at work again...
They did a great favor to their own country's economy. Now, the foreign companies will leave Vietnam and putting all workers unemployed. Well, nice move.
Alone among claimants, China is capable of coupling ‘continuous and effective occupation’ of the islands, islets and reefs with a robust modern international law-based claim backed by relevant multilateral and bilateral instruments.
In 1952, Japan renounced all right, title and claim to the Spratly and Paracel Islands to the Republic of China (Taiwan), by way of Article 2 of the bilateral Japan–Taiwan Treaty of Taipei. This treaty followed — and referenced — the territorial renunciations of the Islands by Japan under the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty, which had not identified the beneficiary at the time — a treaty that was ratified by both the Philippine and (South) Vietnamese governments. And although neither country is bound by provisions in the bilateral Japan–Taiwan treaty, neither can produce a Spratlys/Paracels cession or reversion clause in their own bilateral treaties with Japan. Rather, their claims are supplementarily based on historical cartography in the case of Vietnam or, for the Philippines, ‘historical discovery’ that is (incredibly) of a post-World War II vintage!
Vietnam bases its claims to sovereignty over the Spratlys by right of cession from a French claim to the islands firs made in the 1933. However, France occupied Indochina and claimed control Spratly Islands yet the Islands were annexed by Japan.
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Jennie PC Chiang/江佩珍 05/15/14 美國
You're a 50 cent shill. Everyone knows you are talking garbage.



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