Hundreds of Chinese flee to Cambodia after Vietnam riots

national May 15, 2014 00:00

By Deutsche Presse Agentur//Agenc

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Beijing - Hundreds Chinese citizens have crossed into Cambodia after fleeing anti-Chinese rioting in Vietnam, state media reported from Phnom Penh.

"On Wednesday alone, over 600 Chinese nationals entered Cambodia through Bavet international border checkpoint in Svay Rieng province," Cambodian National Police spokesman Kirt Chantharith told China's official Xinhua news agency.

The total did not include Chinese citizens who travelled to Cambodia by air, Chantharith was quoted as saying. About 10 Chinese employees of a Chinese steel company  in Vietnam'scentral Ha Tinh Province remained unaccounted for, the agency said.

Meanwhile AFP reported that Beijing on Thursday accused Hanoi of acting in concert with anti-China protestors who have killed at least one Chinese citizen in demonstrations against the deployment of an oil rig in disputed waters.

The violence in Vietnam had "a direct link with the Vietnamese side's indulgence and connivance in recent days with some domestic anti-China forces and lawbreakers", Beijing's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters.

China's official news agency Xinhua said that around 10 Chinese remained unaccounted for after rioters attacked four Chinese companies in the central province of Ha Tinh, citing a Chinese manager.

"So far, around 10 staff lost contact with us and at least 55 workers were wounded," it quoted a representative of the worst-hit firm, China 19th Metallurgical Corporation, as saying.

Xinhua also quoted an unnamed Chinese company manager as saying: "The protests were held throughout Wednesday. They broke into our offices, wrecking and looting the properties, and burned our dormitory building before leaving."

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