Hundreds of Chinese enter Cambodia, fleeing Vietnam violence: police

PHNOM PENH Thu May 15, 2014 1:52am EDT

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PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Hundreds of Chinese nationals have fled to Cambodia to escape anti-China riots in Vietnam in which at least 20 people are reported to have been killed, Cambodian police said on Thursday.

"Yesterday more than 600 Chinese people from Vietnam crossed at Bavet international checkpoint into Cambodia," National Police spokesman Kirt Chantharith told Reuters.

"They are at guest houses and hotels in Phnom Penh, with around 100 people staying in Bavet town," he added. "After the situation calms down, they may go back to Vietnam or to other places."

Bavet is on a highway stretching from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's commercial centre, to Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh.

Thousands of Vietnamese set fire to foreign factories and rampaged through industrial zones in the south of the country in an angry reaction to Chinese oil drilling in a part of the South China Sea claimed by Vietnam.

(Reporting by Phnom Penh bureau; Writing by Alan Raybould; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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DemosthenesII wrote:
There will be plenty of tension between Vietnam and china when the Trans Pacific Partnership is foisted upon America. America indulges in this Pyrrhic, economic war of atrition with China, because Americans finally realize the PLA Chinese military is the Frankenstein monster of free trade. America,Japan and to a lesser extent, China will suffer higher taxes, trade imbalances, inflation, uneplyment and loss of industries as companies move and invest in nations with lower taxes, regulations and wages. Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and other nations will become real Asian tiger investment bonanzas with increased industry, productivity and prosperity.

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