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China ship evacuates almost 1,000 from Vietnam: Report

Published on May 19, 2014 5:34 PM
 
Anti-Vietnam protesters hold posters with slogans and a picture showing a map of the South China Sea including the Paracel Islands, during a protest defending China's territory claim and condemning Vietnam's anti-Chinese protests, in Hong Kong May 19, 2014. Almost 1,000 Chinese citizens were evacuated from riot-hit Vietnam by sea on Monday, with another three ships following, as Hanoi stifled fresh protests over a territorial dispute and foreign investors counted the cost. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - Almost 1,000 Chinese citizens were evacuated from riot-hit Vietnam by sea on Monday, with another three ships following, as Hanoi stifled fresh protests over a territorial dispute and foreign investors counted the cost.

The passenger ship Wuzhishan left the central Vietnamese port of Vung Ang with 989 evacuees on board, China's official news agency Xinhua reported.

It was the first of four Chinese ships, each with a capacity of about 1,000 people, sent to Vietnam, Xinhua reported, with another two on standby.

Relations between the communist neighbours have plummeted following Beijing's move earlier this month to send a deep-water drilling rig into contested waters in the South China Sea.

 
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