Singapore urges Vietnam to restore order at industrial parks hit by anti-China protests
Published on May 14, 2014 3:42 PM
SINGAPORE has called on the Vietnamese authorities to restore calm at the Sembcorp-run industrial parks in Binh Duong province urgently, after a wave of anti-China protests on Tuesday caused widespread damage to the facilities of a number of foreign-owned companies there.
"Singapore views this issue very seriously given our close economic cooperation with Vietnam," a Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman said in a statement released on Wednesday.
"The Singapore Embassy in Hanoi and the Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City have separately requested the relevant Vietnamese authorities to restore order urgently."
The site of the protests - the Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) I and II in Thuan An district in the southern Binh Duong province, is run by Singapore's Sembcorp Industries, a public-listed energy, water and marine group. VSIP is a flagship project initiated by the Vietnamese and Singapore governments to encourage investment flows to Vietnam, and it now houses many manufacturing units of firms from Singapore, China, Taiwan and South Korea.
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