By Faith Hung
TAIPEI May 15 Rioters in Vietnam attacked and
set ablaze a huge steel plant belonging to Formosa Plastics
Group, the Taiwan company said on Thursday, the latest facility
to be targeted over mounting tension with mainland China.
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.
One Chinese worker died and 90 others were injured in
Wednesday's attack, Formosa Plastics, which is Taiwan's largest
investor in Vietnam, said in a statement.
The plant, in the central province of Ha Tinh, is expected
to be southeast Asia's largest steel making facility when it is
completed in 2017. No details of fire damage or financial losses
were immediately available, the company said.
Hundreds of the plant's Vietnamese workers provoked Chinese
colleagues and attacked them before setting fire to the
manufacturing facilities, the company said in the statement.
The looters were driven away late on Wednesday, it said,
adding that the province's chief held an emergency meeting with
police after he arrived at the site at 10 p.m.
The Ha Tinh industrial park, estimated to cost more than $20
billion, is more than half complete. When finished in 2020, it
will have a port, a 2,100-MW power plant and six furnaces,
Vietnamese media say.
(Editing by Michael Urquhart and Clarence Fernandez)