1 Chinese worker killed, 100 injured in Vietnam riot

2014-05-15 11:45
(Le Quang Nhat, AFP)

(Le Quang Nhat, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Hanoi - One Chinese worker was killed in a riot at a Taiwanese steel plant in Vietnam, police said on Thursday, as violence sparked by Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in contested waters spread.

Vietnam has been shaken by the worst anti-China backlash in decades, with mass protests in major cities and factories attacked and set on fire.

The latest riots took place at a steel mill owned by Taiwanese industrial conglomerate Formosa in Vietnam's central Ha Tinh province.

"One Chinese worker is dead. We are trying to identify the body," a local policeman told AFP on condition of anonymity.

A Taiwanese diplomat said that Chinese workers had been "forced into the corner" of the factory by rioters.

Territorial disputes

"Totally, 100 Chinese workers were injured... The rioters have gone but we are all still concerned they might come back," Ambassador Huang Chih-peng said, adding that no Taiwanese nationals were hurt.

Local officials in Ha Tinh province contacted by AFP repeatedly refused to comment.

A doctor at the emergency department of Ha Tinh provincial hospital said medical staff were treating several Chinese patients for injuries.

In the southern province of Binh Duong, riot police were deployed on Wednesday after anti-China riots and arson attacks forced several factories to temporarily suspend operations, including a supplier for Nike and Adidas.

China and Vietnam are embroiled in long-standing territorial disputes in the South China Sea over the Paracel and Spratly islands, which both claim. 

There have been repeated skirmishes near the controversial oil drilling rig in recent days involving vessels from the two countries, with collisions and the use of water cannon [see video below].


Read more on:    china  |  vietnam
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Sometimes stepping back and taking a moment to reflect on things is an important part of understanding the bigger picture. If you...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.