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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The government does not currently intend to evacuate Taiwanese nationals in Vietnam amid tensions in the country after Vietnamese protesters damaged facilities owned by Taiwanese businesses and attacked Taiwanese people in a wave of anti-Chinese sentiment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday.

According to the latest information provided by Taiwan's representative office in Vietnam, Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) said yesterday that the situation in Binh Duong province has stabilized after Vietnamese authorities sent police and soldiers to the area late Tuesday.

More than 2,000 police were mobilized to control the escalating tensions in the region, Lin said at an emergency Foreign Ministry press conference yesterday morning.

In response to questions as to whether Taiwan will evacuate all of its nationals in the Southeast Asian country for safety reasons, the minister yesterday said it currently has no plan to do so since the situation has been stabilized.

But the government is closely monitoring developments in the country, he added.

His ministry has been keeping close contact with two major local airlines, China Airlines and Eva Airways, to make arrangements if Taiwanese businessmen and their families are planning to fly back to Taiwan amid the tensions.

Lin made the comments a day after his ministry issued a travel warning to Vietnam's Binh Duong province, urging people to pay special attention to their safety if traveling in the area and to avoid unnecessary trips if possible.

Vietnamese have been staging protests recently after Beijing deployed an oil rig in disputed waters as naval ships from both countries engaged in a tense standoff near the rig off the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.

Some Vietnamese protesters could not distinguish between Taiwanese businesses and Chinese ones and destroyed any stores and facilities that had Chinese-language signs, the Foreign Ministry said.

The ministry yesterday raised the travel warning for Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces from yellow to orange, the second highest warning sign in the ministry's four-color system.

The travel warning to Ho Chi Minh City has been raised to yellow, the third highest ranking in the system.

May 15, 2014    Upwell@
We must be saddened by these. But what strikes me is this - that to them and maybe to most of the world they do not see the difference between China as I know it, and Taiwan. No wonder the China that now is treats Taiwan as part of that nation. That sadly must be inevitable.
May 15, 2014    nuttyazn@
That is what will continue to happen if the government does not spend time and money to differentiate the two nations clearly. Keep saying that "We are China" will only continue to hurt Taiwanese people and businesses.
May 15, 2014    boogurtwang@
It looks like a very good time for these TAIWAN companies to return to TAIWAN and bring jobs and business back home.

Just a thought.
May 15, 2014    hueylee1973@
"30,000 Taiwanese businessmen in Vietnam"
29,000 of them are there to get away from their wives and look for other women.
May 16, 2014    victorchan@
These people are after ethnic Chinese, period, regardless where you are from. Besides, to make the distinction between China Chinese vs Taiwanese Chinese would only create the condition to divide the Chinese ethnic line.

Besides, there are terrorist acts. They are attacking and killing defenseless Chinese nationals in order to cause political changes in China.
May 16, 2014    faan_da@
It is good to see that Vietnamese governments and good people are helping and paying for the damages at Taiwanese/Singapore/Japanese/HK companies which have been caused by some idiots. I believe that ordinary Vietnamese and Chinese people want the same things. Peace and prosperity for them and their country and families. Vietnam has seen too many wars and just has peace and stability for some years. Although they have won all the battles but they have lost so many lives. They don’t want wars again but is prepare to do so to protect their motherland.
But looking at what china is claiming (almost all of the sea reaching to coast of Malaysia and PH) is too outraged and unlawful. It feels like China think it can grab whatever it wants. Bad way to behave as a big nation. As for many years China wants to take over Taiwan but Taiwan is still free. I hope not all Chinese think the same way as their government. In a full out war of course the mighty China will win. But it doesn’t mean that small a country will not stand up and protect itself. Vietnam will stand up, Taiwan will stand up, Philippines will stand up..
May 25, 2014    nuttyazn@
victorchan@ wrote:
These people are after ethnic Chinese, period, regardless where you are from. Besides, to make the distinction between China Chinese vs Taiwanese Chinese would only create the condition to divide the Chinese ethnic line.

Besides, there are terrorist acts. They are attacking and killing defenseless Chinese nationals in order to cause political changes in China.
Chinese nationals are PRCs - Taiwanese are Taiwanese .The Line was drawn a long long time ago,
The 1949er are trying to change that.
In Singapore, Ethnic Chinese Singaporean call the PRCs China Chinese or Cheena!!
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A Vietnamese person covered in bicycle wheel rims rides a motorbike in Binh Doung province of Vietnam on Wednesday. According to the Central News Agency, many people rummaged through and stole products from Taiwanese companies operating in Binh Doung. (CNA/AFP)

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