China and Vietnam haven’t been getting along particularly well lately, after a Chinese deep-water oil rig was dispatched into contested waters in the South China Sea. In the heat of a thousand-strong worker’s protest, an angry Vietnamese crowd destroyed a Taiwanese factory in Binh Duong province, thinking it was from the Mainland. Oops.
The AFP says that, “photos posted on the official news site of the Ministry of Information showed what appeared to be extensive damage to a Taiwanese factory that was apparently mistaken for a Chinese-owned plant.” This isn’t quite as bad as that time when Chinese protesters, hoping to trash a Toyota dealership, instead attacked a Rolex store, but it seems like we’re moving in that direction.
Anti-China protests have recently become all the rage in Vietnam, with thousands of people gathering to voice their anger in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. If they must wreck factories (even a Chinese-owned factory isn’t, you know, responsible for building the oil rig) the protesters may want to do a quick check that they’re attacking the right thing.