Foreign business people flee Vietnam as riots escalate

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Businessmen fleeingAs a result of violent Anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam that culminated in looting and setting fire to Chinese-owned factories, the airport in Ho Chi Minh was full of Chinese and Taiwanese on May 15 looking for flights out. Many of those who couldn’t get tickets stayed and bunkered down at the airport because they said it felt safer there than anywhere else.

The rioting, sparked initially by anger at aggressive moves by China to press its territorial claims to parts of the South China Sea near Vietnam, has hit businesses with no ties to the dispute, including those from Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. Even a Singaporean flag has been burnt by protesters for some reason. At least 21 people were killed – among them a number of Chinese nationals – and nearly 100 injured.

Some 600 Chinese were fleeing the violence over the border to Cambodia. Travel agencies in China and Hong Kong have suspended tours to Vietnam.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has called on officials in the government to prevent further riots and punish lawbreakers and has urged help so affected businesses can resume operations.

Anti-Chinese sentiment in Vietnam has hit a formidable peak since Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea on May 1. The Vietnamese government has issued stark warnings to the Chinese that this “aggression”, which had to date been met with Vietnamese diplomacy, would “turn ugly” if it continued.

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As a result of violent Anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam that culminated in looting and setting fire to Chinese-owned factories, the airport in Ho Chi Minh was full of Chinese and Taiwanese on May 15 looking for flights out. Many of those who couldn’t get tickets stayed and bunkered down at the airport because they said it felt safer there than anywhere else.

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Businessmen fleeingAs a result of violent Anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam that culminated in looting and setting fire to Chinese-owned factories, the airport in Ho Chi Minh was full of Chinese and Taiwanese on May 15 looking for flights out. Many of those who couldn’t get tickets stayed and bunkered down at the airport because they said it felt safer there than anywhere else.

The rioting, sparked initially by anger at aggressive moves by China to press its territorial claims to parts of the South China Sea near Vietnam, has hit businesses with no ties to the dispute, including those from Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. Even a Singaporean flag has been burnt by protesters for some reason. At least 21 people were killed – among them a number of Chinese nationals – and nearly 100 injured.

Some 600 Chinese were fleeing the violence over the border to Cambodia. Travel agencies in China and Hong Kong have suspended tours to Vietnam.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has called on officials in the government to prevent further riots and punish lawbreakers and has urged help so affected businesses can resume operations.

Anti-Chinese sentiment in Vietnam has hit a formidable peak since Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea on May 1. The Vietnamese government has issued stark warnings to the Chinese that this “aggression”, which had to date been met with Vietnamese diplomacy, would “turn ugly” if it continued.

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