Chinese in Vietnam running for their lives

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  1. mattster

    mattster Respected Member Senior Member

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    It looks like China's policy of claiming every single piece of rock in the South China Sea is having consequences.
    China is sending 3 ships to evacuate.


    China evacuates thousands of citizens from Vietnam after deadly attacks
    By Jethro Mullen, CNN
    updated 11:28 AM EDT, Sun May 18, 2014


    Hong Kong (CNN) -- China has evacuated more than 3,000 of its citizens from Vietnam and is sending ships to retrieve more of them after deadly anti-Chinese violence erupted last week over a territorial dispute between the two countries.
    Five Chinese ships will travel to Vietnam to help with the evacuation, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported Sunday, citing the Ministry of Transport. One of the ships has already set off from the southern island province of Hainan, the ministry said.
    Sixteen critically injured Chinese citizens were flown out of Vietnam on Sunday morning on a chartered medical plane organized by Chinese authorities, Xinhua said.
    Two Chinese citizens were killed and more than 100 others were injured in the violence that hit parts of Vietnam last week, according to the news agency. Some of the worst violence appeared to have taken place in the central coastal province of Ha Tinh.
    Foreign factories, particularly those run by companies from China and Taiwan, were burned and looted by rioters outraged over Beijing's decision to send an oil rig into waters of the South China Sea that both countries claim as sovereign territory.
    Protests spin out of control
    Vietnamese authorities initially allowed protests, which are usually forbidden in the country, to take place over the Chinese move. But after the unrest spiraled lethally out of control, the government tried to rein in its angry citizens.
    On Saturday, the government sent out a series of text messages to cell-phone users saying Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung was urging people "not to participate in illegal protests that cause public disorder and harm social safety."
    Chinese officials have repeatedly called on Vietnam to take action over the riots, protect Chinese citizens and help victims.
    Vietnamese authorities have arrested hundreds of suspects and started legal proceedings against several of them, Vietnam's state-run news agency VNA reported Saturday, citing Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang.
    He described the attacks as regrettable, saying dozens of police officers were injured as they tried to bring the situation under control.
    Ships clash at sea
    But out in the South China Sea, neither side appears to be showing any sign of backing down over the territorial dispute that sparked the violence.
    VNA on Saturday accused China of continuing to show "its aggressiveness by sending more military ships" to the area around the oil rig. Vietnam has demanded that China immediately withdraw the rig from the disputed waters.
    The news agency cited Nguyen Van Trung, an official at the Vietnam Fisheries Surveillance Department, as saying that China had 119 ships in the area on Saturday morning, including warships, coast guard vessels and fishing boats.
    Some of the ships were provoking the Vietnamese vessels by ramming them and firing water cannons at them, he said.
    'We are not afraid of trouble'
    China, for its part, has continued to accuse Vietnamese ships of similar acts, saying they are trying to disrupt the oil rig's drilling operation. It has declared a three-mile exclusion zone around the rig, which is operated by the state-owned oil and gas company CNOOC.
    "We do not make trouble, but we are not afraid of trouble," Gen. Fang Fenghui, the chief of the general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), said Thursday during a visit to the United States.
    "In matters of territory, our attitude is firm. We won't give an inch," Fang said after meeting U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey.
    U.S. concerns
    Relations between China and Vietnam soured earlier this month, when the Chinese platform began drilling for oil near the Paracel Islands, which are claimed by both countries.
    At the time, the U.S. State Department called the move "provocative," saying it "raises tensions."
    Beijing has laid claim to most of the South China Sea, putting it at odds with several of its neighbors in the region, including the Philippines and Malaysia. China is also locked in a bitter dispute with Japan over a group of tiny islands in the East China Sea.
    "We have to acknowledge there are territorial disputes," including "what exactly is the status quo and who is seeking to change it," Dempsey said Thursday at the news conference with Fang of the PLA.
    His comments were a veiled reference to Washington's view that Beijing is attempting to change the status quo by more aggressively seeking to establish control over disputed areas.
    Protestors torch factories in southern Vietnam as China protests escalate
     
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  3. s002wjh

    s002wjh Senior Member Senior Member

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    Not really Vietnam lose more by smashing business. Now the Taiwanese business are thinking shift back to china
     
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    Vietnam is plaqued with illegal Chinese workers and that is one of the sentiments of local workers against Chinese and Taiwanese owned companies in Vietnam. Chinese companies are bringing in low level Chinese workers from the mainland. These are employment opportunities that could have been filled in by local workers. There would be something good after all from this incident. These illegal Chinese will think twice about coming back. Except for those companies who were forced to close down due to heavy damage, the rest simply can't stop business just like that. So after week or so, mot of these companies will be business as usuall.
     
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    I think you're really overestimating the inability of businesses to pack up and leave. The closest analogy I can think of is the race riots in US cities in the 1960s, which led to most commercial activity (and jobs) leaving American inner cities for suburbs and creating huge urban ghettoes in their wake.
     
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    Demographics of Vietnam - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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