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4,000 Chinese nationals await Vietnam evacuation: Report

Published on May 19, 2014 11:41 AM

BEIJING (AFP) - Thousands of Chinese nationals are awaiting evacuation from riot-hit Vietnam, state-run media said Monday, as Hanoi moved to stifle fresh protests over a territorial dispute between the two countries.

More than 3,000 Chinese have already returned home from Vietnam, reports said at the weekend, and according to the Global Times newspaper another 4,000 were to be evacuated.

Two Chinese vessels arrived in Vietnam's Ha Tinh province on Monday morning and will sail back to China in the evening, the Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily said on a verified Twitter account.

China said on Sunday it was dispatching five ships to bring home nationals.

Protesters entering a factory during an anti-China protest in Vietnam's southern Binh Duong province on May 13, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
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