On Wednesday, buildings at an industrial park in southern Vietnam showed signs of looting, some standing partially destroyed as the result of a mass protest. Hours earlier, thousands of anti-China demonstrators had rampaged the site. They targeted properties in the Singapore-run park believed to be owned by China companies.
Authorities detained some 500 protesters linked to the unrest, according to news agency AFP.
“Extremists” had aggravated the protests, which began peacefully on Tuesday evening, the deputy head of the province’s people’s committee, Tran Van Nam, said.
At least 15 buildings were set on fire. Anti-China protesters then trashed a number of others.
The Chinese government later expressed concern about the incident and had requested that Hanoi take the necessary steps to put the crimes to a stop.
Officials from Taiwan also responded to the violent protest, summoning the Vietnamese ambassador, according to news agency DPA. Some of their buildings came under attack by demonstrators who were believed to have mistaken them for Chinese companies.
Tuesday’s demonstration against Beijing was not the first in Vietnam. Late last week, hundreds of protesters gathered before the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi, expressing their infuriation at the situation.
– known as Hoang Sa in Vietnam and Xisha in China – in the South China Sea sparked the protests. In recent weeks, an oil-drilling venture by China has angered Vietnam. Hanoi claims the drilling is illegal.
. Last week, there were reports of
in the areas.
According to Hanoi, the disputed waters belong to Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone as defined by the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. However, Beijing has controlled the islands since seizing them in 1974.
kms/mkg (AP, AFP)
- China to build illegal airfield on Vietnam’s Truong Sa
- Chinese Ambassador Urges Canada Not to Grant Asylum to Hong Kong Protesters
- Russian jurist urges Vietnam to seek international support on South China Sea
- ANALYSIS: Why oil prices are only going in one direction
- US working with Vietnam to strengthen coast guard force
- VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS HEADLINES NOVEMBER 12
- Heralding Deal with China, Philippines Restarts Offshore Oil-Gas Exploration in Disputed Sea
- VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS HEADLINES NOVEMBER 11
- Soldier who sparked outrage with Extinction Rebellion protest on the Cenotaph calls Remembrance Day services at the memorial a 'little ritual'
- China changes sovereignty claim in the East Sea: hope or illusion?
- Britain considers sanctions against China for breaching Hong Kong treaty and 'once again breaking promises' after pro-democracy lawmakers were dismissed under Beijing's new laws
- Why is the US roiling the South China Sea?
- New president vows to persistently protect Vietnam’s sovereignty
- After Weeks of Protests, #EndSARS Has Become a Rallying Cry for a New Nigerian Generation
- Chinese State Media Publishes ‘Blackie’ Cartoon to Prove U.S. Is Racist
- #EndSARS Looting: Understanding the destructive and constructive capacities of our youths
- US Election: Voters worry about angry confrontations at the polls
- Why youths revolted — lyorchia Ayu
- Thirty years on, the Tiananmen Square image that shocked the world
- Russian Gloating About U.S. Unrest Is Racist as Hell
China oil drilling sparks violent protest in Vietnam have 505 words, post on www.dw.com at May 14, 2014. This is cached page on Talk Vietnam. If you want remove this page, please contact us.