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China suspends some 'exchange plans' with Vietnam following protests over oil rig

Published on May 18, 2014 4:55 PM
 
Protesters carry Vietnamese national flags as they enter a factory during an anti-China protest in Vietnam's southern Binh Duong province on May 13, 2014. China said Sunday it has suspended some plans for bilateral exchanges with Vietnam following deadly anti-Chinese violence there, as Hanoi sought to quell protests over a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - China said Sunday it has suspended some plans for bilateral exchanges with Vietnam following deadly anti-Chinese violence there, as Hanoi sought to quell protests over a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters.

The unrest in Vietnam has so far led to the deaths of two Chinese nationals and evacuation of more than 3,000, including 16 who were "critically injured", the official news agency Xinhua reported earlier.

The violence was "damaging the atmosphere and conditions for exchanges and cooperation between China and Vietnam", foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement on the ministry's website.

"The Chinese side as of today... suspended part of its bilateral exchange plans," Mr Hong said, without specifying what the plans entailed. "China will see how the situation develops and look into taking further steps," he said.

 
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