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China ships evacuate nearly 2,000 from Vietnam: Xinhua

BEIJING--Almost 2,000 Chinese citizens were evacuated from riot-hit Vietnam by sea on Monday, with another two ships following, as Hanoi stifled fresh protests over a territorial dispute and foreign investors counted the cost.

The passenger vessels Wuzhishan and Tongguling left the central Vietnamese port of Vung Ang, each with more than 900 evacuees on board, China's official news agency Xinhua reported.

They were among four Chinese ships — each with a capacity of about 1,000 people — sent to Vietnam, Xinhua said, with another two on standby.

Workers voiced relief as they boarded the vessels, the agency reported, with some declaring: “Finally home.”

1 Comment
May 22, 2014    lightcrusaderjr@
Is this consequence of China's oil exploration of the contested area really considered by China as a worthy goal? Is the oil from the sea more important than the friendship of Vietnam, with whom China fought war and shed blood together against imperialism? Is this a now a clear proof that China has abandoned its long-held ideology of having a government dedicated to the uplift of the people's welfare? Is this also the reason why it could now afford to have a cozy relationship with Kuomintang Party, which used to be its sworn enemy?
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 China expands installation in disputed waters 
A ship carrying Chinese workers leaves the port of Vung Ang, Ha Tinh province, Vietnam on Monday, May 19. Watched over by riot police, thousands of Chinese workers left Vietnam on Monday on ships chartered by their government after deadly unrest broke out last week amid a dispute over sovereignty claims in the South China Sea.

(AP)

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