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Vietnam must protect Taiwanese: gov't

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Vice Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) yesterday requested that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) summon Vietnam's de facto ambassador in Taiwan to ensure that there are enough police and servicemen protecting Taiwanese nationals in Vietnam amid the recent riots.

The Executive Yuan yesterday convened an intragovernmental task force meeting to discuss response measures to the Vietnamese riots.

Mao instructed MOFA to summon the de facto Vietnamese ambassador and ask for guarantees that there will be no more riots of a similar nature.

The vice premier added that Taiwan will seek compensation for damages caused by the rioters.

Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) met with the Vietnamese representative Bui Trong Van yesterday morning.

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said that since May 14 it has been coordinating with airlines to make sure that there are enough seats on flights for Taiwanese nationals in Vietnam to return home.

The CAA further stated that there are still vacant seats on these daily flights, adding that airlines will help the government transport R.O.C. nationals back to Taiwan regardless of cost.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs said that instances of rioting have decreased in Vietnam, adding that its Department of Investment Services has set up a window to provide assistance to Taiwanese investors who sustained financial damages during the riots.

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Taiwanese arriving home from Vietnam wait to pick up their luggage at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, yesterday. China Airlines (華航) flew 371 Taiwanese home from Vietnam where anti-China sentiment is rising. They were greeted by Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂), former Premier Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃), as well as several legislators and county magistrates. (AP/CNA/AFP)

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