More than 20 people were killed, including 16 people ‘described as Chinese’, in riots at a Taiwanese steel mill in Vietnam after crowds of protestors began destroying the factory thinking it was from the mainland, according to officials.
The riots followed thousands-strong anti-China demonstrations in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, allowed by the government after China deployed a billion-dollar oil rig to disputed waters in the South China Sea.
AFP reports that “The rioting in Binh Duong province followed protests by up to 20,000 workers at industrial parks near Ho Chi Minh City. Smaller groups of men attacked factories they believed were mainland Chinese-run, but many were Taiwanese or South Korean, a provincial government said.”
AFP reported that “at least one Chinese national” had been killed in the riots, and Reuters cited a doctor at Ha Tinh General Hospital who said that as many as 16 Chinese nationals had died.
“There were about a hundred people sent to the hospital last night. Many were Chinese. More are being sent to the hospital this morning,” the doctor was quoted as saying.