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China evacuates its nationals from Vietnam after deadly unrest

Published on May 18, 2014 5:55 AM

BEIJING (AFP) - China has evacuated more than 3,000 of its nationals from Vietnam, state media reported on Sunday, after a wave of anti-China unrest following Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig in contested waters.

The announcement came after Vietnamese civil society groups on Saturday called for fresh demonstrations against China following riots earlier in the week which left two Chinese workers dead and more than 100 injured.

But Vietnamese authorities, which have occasionally allowed protests to vent anger at the country’s giant neighbour, warned they would “resolutely” prevent any further outbursts.

More than 3,000 Chinese nationals had been evacuated from Vietnam as of Saturday afternoon, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported early Sunday.

Mobs damage and seek for valuable properties at a factory during an anti-China protest in Vietnam's southern Binh Duong province, in this May 13, 2014 picture provided by Tuan Khanh on May 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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