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China welcomes Vietnam's move to compensate victims of anti-China protests

Published on Aug 25, 2014 4:26 PM
 
A Chinese Coast Guard vessel (right) passes near the Chinese oil rig, Haiyang Shi You 981 (left) in the South China Sea, about 210km from the coast of Vietnam in this June 13, 2014 file photo. China has welcomed Vietnam's decision to compensate the victims of the anti-China protests in May which started over news of a Chinese oil rig in waters claimed by Vietnam, a move aimed at removing a thorn that has hurt relations between the two countries for months. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has welcomed Vietnam's decision to compensate the victims of the anti-China protests in May, a move aimed at removing a thorn that has hurt relations between the two countries for months.

Thousands of people attacked businesses and factories in Vietnam in May, targeting Chinese workers and Chinese-owned businesses after Beijing parked an oil rig in a part of the South China Sea claimed by Hanoi.

Fighting between Vietnamese and Chinese workers broke out in central Ha Tinh province, killing at least four people and wounding at least 100. About 4,000 Chinese workers subsequently left Vietnam.

In a statement on China's Foreign Ministry's website on Monday, spokesman Hong Lei said Vietnam has "expressed regret" for the riots in May that targeted Chinese workers and companies, and that it "was pained by the casualties and fatalities that were suffered by Chinese workers". He cited Vietnam as saying that Chinese workers who were victims would receive "some form of humanitarian compensation", adding that Hanoi would send missions to China to express condolences to the representatives of the victims' families.

 
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