Four die in fresh attacks on China firms in Vietnam

May 22, 2014 - 12:42:39 am

HONG KONG:  Metallurgical Corp of China Ltd (MCC) said yesterday 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, said 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.

Fighting between Vietnamese and Chinese workers broke out in central Ha Tinh province last week, killing two people and wounding 140.            Reuters