China accuses Hanoi of 'connivance' with rioters
Published on May 15, 2014 4:55 PM
BEIJING (AFP) - Beijing on Thursday accused Hanoi of acting in concert with anti-China protestors who have killed at least one Chinese citizen in demonstrations against the deployment of an oil rig in disputed waters.
The violence in Vietnam had "a direct link with the Vietnamese side's indulgence and connivance in recent days with some domestic anti-China forces and lawbreakers", Beijing's foreign ministry spokesman Hua Chunying told reporters.
China's official news agency Xinhua said that around 10 Chinese remained unaccounted for after rioters attacked four Chinese companies in the central province of Ha Tinh, citing a Chinese manager.
"So far, around 10 staff lost contact with us and at least 55 workers were wounded," it quoted a representative of the worst-hit firm, China 19th Metallurgical Corporation, as saying.
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