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Chinese tourists abandon Vietnam after oil rig row

Published on Jul 20, 2014 11:39 AM
 
This picture taken on July 16, 014 shows cyclo drivers waiting for foreign tourists in Hanoi downtown. Relations between the communist neighbours plunged to their lowest point in decades when Beijing moved a deep-sea oil rig into disputed waters in the South China Sea in early May, triggering deadly riots in Vietnam. -- PHOTO: AFP

HANOI (AFP) - For years Nguyen Huu Son has guided Chinese tourists around Vietnam's popular coastal city Danang, but a bitter maritime dispute between Hanoi and Beijing means he is now out of work.

Relations between the communist neighbours plunged to their lowest point in decades when Beijing moved a deep-sea oil rig into disputed waters in the South China Sea in early May, triggering deadly riots in Vietnam.

The rig has since been withdrawn. But the Chinese tourists have not returned.

"It's never been this bad before... My company has almost no customers, no work," Son told AFP.

 
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