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Anti-China protests hit Vietnam factories

HANOI -- Thousands of workers staged protests at an industrial park in southern Vietnam Tuesday over China's deployment of a drilling rig in contested waters, damaging factories and offices, official media said.

Photos posted on the official news site of the Ministry of Information showed what appeared to be extensive damage to a Taiwanese factory that was apparently mistaken for a Chinese-owned plant.

Local policeman Ho Quang Thanh said the protest in Binh Duong province was triggered by the row over the oil rig, which Beijing moved into disputed waters this month to the dismay of Vietnam.

Hanoi has branded the move as “illegal” and dispatched vessels to the area.

China and Vietnam are locked in long-standing territorial disputes in the South China Sea over the Paracel and Spratly islands, which both claim.

There have been repeated skirmishes near the oil rig in recent days involving vessels from the two countries, with collisions and the use of water cannons.

Vietnamese protesters staged multiple, large anti-China demonstrations Sunday with at least 1,000 people gathering in Hanoi and a similar-sized crowd in Ho Chi Minh City.

There have been multiple calls by Vietnamese internet users for further protests.

Dozens of anti-China demonstrations have been held in Vietnam since 2007 to protest Beijing's perceived aggression over territory.

Attacks on foreign-backed factories, which are a key part of Vietnam's economy, mark an escalation of the public backlash.

Vietnam has alternated between tolerating the rallies and violently breaking them up. The communist regime is wary of public gatherings that could threaten its authoritarian rule.

Experts say Vietnam's leadership has allowed some public protests to go ahead as a means of expressing extreme discontent with Beijing.

Vietnam's tightly controlled state media has been granted permission to report on the protests and given access to the Vietnamese ships close to the Chinese oil rig.

May 14, 2014    lightcrusaderjr@
China would learn that aggression has its consequences. No country would truly benefit from resources obtained through aggression. Whatever it could momentarily gain could be counter-acted by the loss of good international relations - a strategic element to the progress it is now enjoying. Excessively taking advantage of its conventional force could give rise to terroristic response from those whose rights it has trampled. Thus, its citizens may no longer be safe whenever they go out of their country where Chinese government could not extend effective protection. In fact, even within its shores China is now experiencing this kind of tendency. Taiwan may also need to learn that close identification with China has its own consequences. We must, therefore, all try to help build a fairer and more respectful environment so we could avoid extremist responses to problems.
May 14, 2014    taiwanindependencenow@
That's right...it's now time to root out all chink influences from Vietnam! Just a shame that they're still ruled by commies! LONG LIVE FREE VIETNAM! LONG LIVE TAIWAN INDEPENDENCE! LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM! LONG LIVE NGO DINH DIEM! LONG LIVE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
May 15, 2014    hanoisucks@
taiwanindependencenow@ wrote:
That's right...it's now time to root out all chink influences from Vietnam! Just a shame that they're still ruled by commies! LONG LIVE FREE VIETNAM! LONG LIVE TAIWAN INDEPENDENCE! LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM! LONG LIVE NGO DINH DIEM! LONG LIVE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
FY!!!!!!
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