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Taiwan companies reel from anti-China riots in Vietnam

Published on May 16, 2014 10:17 PM
 
Protesters holding Vietnamese flags attempt to push down the front gate of a factory in Bien Hoa, Dong Nai province, as anti-China demonstrations on May 15 spread to 22 Vietnamese provinces, picture taken on May 14, 2014. Taiwanese workers told of their fear as they hid from Vietnamese rioters who ravaged hundreds of foreign-owned factories in Vietnam during violent demonstrations against China this week, burning several to the ground. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwanese workers told of their fear as they hid from Vietnamese rioters who ravaged hundreds of foreign-owned factories in Vietnam during violent demonstrations against China this week, burning several to the ground.

The atmosphere remained tense in the southern provinces of Binh Duong and Dong Nai Friday, where demonstrators looted and torched the factories in protest at Beijing's deployment of an oil drilling rig in disputed South China Sea waters.

A local Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce official told AFP Friday that more than 500 factories were attacked in Binh Duong alone in the riots earlier in the week.

China has accused Hanoi of "connivance" with protesters.

 
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