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China accuses Hanoi of 'connivance' with rioters

Published on May 15, 2014 4:55 PM
 
Firefighters rest near a damaged Chinese owned shoe factory in Vietnam's southern Binh Duong province on May 14, 2014.Beijing on Thursday, May 15, 2014, 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.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

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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