Hotels, restaurants in Vietnam fined for Chinese sign boards

2014-04-07 11:18
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Hanoi - Owners of hotels and restaurants across Vietnam have been told not to write signboards in Chinese with no Vietnamese translation, an official said Monday, amid concerns of illegal workers in the country.

At lest 13 businesses have been penalized in Da Nang city, Nguyen Phuoc Nhan, chief inspector of the central city's tourism, culture and sports department, told dpa.

"We fined two businesses this morning, with 10 million dong (about 500 dollars) for each violator," he said.

"At the moment, there are a lot of Chinese tourists visiting Da Nang city," Nhanh said. "In order to attract Chinese tourists, restaurants and hotels are writing signs in Chinese."

Municipal Communist Party committee secretary Tran Tho said last week that it was "unacceptable for such hospitality businesses to create a 'Chinatown' in the city," Nhan said.

Similar action has been taken in other cities across the country, a senior government official who requested anonymity said. The move comes amid growing public concern about Chinese labourers working illegally in Vietnam, economist Le Dang Doanh said.

"At many construction sites, Chinese contractors do not allow authorities to enter the site (to check the legality of workers)," he said.

"China could take action to protect Chinese workers in the same way Russian President Vladimir Putin took action to protect Russian citizens in the Ukraine, then what would the situation be?" he added.

The National Assembly has questioned the government over the matter and the Ministry of Trade and Industry promised to deal it, he said.
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