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Factories Torched in Vietnam Anti-China Violence

Posted by feww on May 14, 2014


Anti-China violence escalates in Vietnam over South China Sea

Two dozen factories have been set on fire in southern Vietnam as anti-China sentiments flare over tensions concerning the disputed islands in South China Sea.

The protests started after China towed Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig to a location 220 km off the coast of Vietnam 12 days ago.

Last week, Vietnamese ships attempted to block the installation of the rig, leading to several collisions with the Chinese vessels.

This week, protesters targeted factories owned or operated by the Chinese and Chinese expatriates in the country.

Tens of thousands of workers took part in the protests in which up to two dozen factories were set on fire including those owned by South Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese companies.

The protesters targeted companies with Chinese characters in their logos.

Hong Kong-listed sports shoe maker Yue Yuen, which manufactures footwear for Adidas, Nike and several other international brands, has suspended production in Vietnam, Reuters reported.

south china sea dispute may 2014
Boats from Vietnam and China exchange water cannon fire in the South China Sea, May 2014. Photo credit: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

Meanwhile, Manila is taking Beijing to an international court accusing China of reclaiming land on a disputed South China Sea reef.

Philippine govt claims the Chinese are building what appears to be a military base on the Johnson Reef in the Spratly Islands.

Spratly Islands (10°N 114°E; total area of less than 5km²) are a disputed group of at least 750 reefs, islands, islets, cays and atolls in the South China Sea.

The islands are claimed by PR China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.

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