China's MCC says four staff killed in Vietnam unrest, most employees evacuated

HONG KONG Tue May 20, 2014 9:37pm EDT

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Metallurgical Corp of China Ltd (MCC) said on Wednesday four of its employees working on a construction project in Vietnam were killed and 126 injured during anti-China protests last week over a disputed area in the South China Sea.

The four MCC workers killed were double the number of fatalities previously confirmed by the Vietnamese and Chinese governments.

Thousands of Vietnamese set fire to factories and stormed industrial zones in the south to protest against Chinese oil drilling in a part of the sea claimed by Hanoi.

MCC said protesters smashed, looted and burned foreign enterprises in Vietnam on May 14, including the construction site of Formosa Plastics' Ha Tinh Steel Plant, where some of its employees were working.

Taiwan's Formosa Plastics Group, one of the companies worst affected by the anti-China riots, told Reuters on Monday that work at its steel facility in central Vietnam had partially resumed and it hoped all operations would return to normal as soon as possible.

"The lives and safety of the company's 3,565 employees were under severe harm and threat," the Chinese engineering contractor said.

The first group of people injured at the Ha Tinh project, totaling 307 Chinese, had been evacuated to Chengdu in China's Sichhuan province on Sunday and were in hospital, it said.

A second batch of workers, totaling 3,567, were evacuated to Haikou port in Hainan province.

Most of the Chinese employees from the steel project in Ha Tinh had returned to China safely, the company said, although a handful stayed behind.

Fighting between Vietnamese and Chinese workers broke out in central Ha Tinh province last Wednesday, killing two people and wounding 140, the government in Hanoi said. China's foreign ministry also put the casualties at two dead and 100 injured, state news agency Xinhua said.

Most large companies operating in industrial parks hit by anti-China riots in Vietnam have resumed operations, underscoring the irresistible pull of Vietnam as a low-cost manufacturing hub with a relatively skilled workforce.

(Reporting by Donny Kwok; Editing by Paul Tait)

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isthnu wrote:
Deadly silence from the human rights overlords.

May 20, 2014 11:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
eddie2610 wrote:
Everything is just a play acted by China and Vietnamese Government.Vietnam’s prime minister in the past clinched a deal with the Chinese about the sea so that The Chinese helped Vietnam in the war to win against the States and the French. All the sea and the islands belonged to China long long ago. However the arrogant Vietnamese betrayed China and underestimated the Chinese. Now this is the result. No surprise. This is the price the Vietnamese have to pay. Unfortunately, no one knows the truth except for a handful of people. All Vietnamese citizens is keep in the dark of the real history, they all think China want to invade them (but China does not, the Chinese just take what they bought). And the Vietnamese now continue to place their trust in the lying socialist government, which just want the money live their own life and neglect the citizens. The Vietnamese just believe stupidly in the government despite what other Vietnamese living oversea say.

May 21, 2014 2:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jerry2014 wrote:
@eddie2610:
What you wrote is exactly what the China government wants you and the world to believe in to legitimize its action in robbing land and sea that belong to its neighbors. If Vietnam somehow.. “sold” its islands to China, simply agree to participate in and show the.. “receipt” to the world court and Vietnam would have to accept the judgment without problem whatsoever. “Other Vietnamese overseas”? You meant the remnants of the Republic of South Vietnam? They have no say in Vietnam’s business since the RSVN ceased to exist 39 years ago.

May 21, 2014 6:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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