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Stroke kills local businessman after his return from Vietnam

TAIPEI -- A Vietnam-based Taiwanese businessman has died from a stroke possibly caused by post traumatic stress, after he narrowly escaped angry anti-China protesters who attacked his factory, it was revealed Thursday.

Chang Cheng-chieh, who ran a furniture company in Vietnam's Dong Nai province, died on May 15, a day after he returned to Taiwan to seek medical help.

The 60-year-old had been experiencing headaches and discomfort after narrowly evading protesters who attacked his factory on May 13, his son Chang Chen-peng said.

The elder Chang's factory was attacked in an anti-China protest on May 13. He escaped the riots by hiding in a closet in the factory, but was traumatized, his son said.

His father's factory suffered US$150,000 in losses due to the protests, the son said.

He said doctors did not rule out the possibility that his father died from a stroke caused by traumatization.

He said he hopes the Taiwanese government could continue to improve the safety for Taiwanese investors overseas.

Government officials attended Chang's funeral on Thursday and gave the family NT$50,000 (US$1,666) as a gesture of condolence.

The anti-Chinese protests erupted in southern Vietnam on May 13 over a Chinese oil-drilling venture in an area of the South China Sea that Hanoi insists is within its exclusive economic zone.

Protesters failed to differentiate between Taiwanese and Chinese-owned businesses.

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