Burn Baby Burn
The Communists in Vietnam just can't stand
the Communists in China.
The Hong Kong government has issued an amber travel warning for Vietnam, after mobs of rioters torched at least 15 foreign-owned factories following a large protest by workers against China's placement of an oil rig in disputed South China Sea waters.
The warning means Hong Kongers visiting the country must carefully consider their travel plans.
Hong Kong was the sixth-biggest foreign investor in Vietnam last year, with most investments in manufacturing, according to Vietnam's Ministry of Finance reports the South China Morning Post.
In the wake of the attacks, Yue Yuen Industrial, a Taiwanese-controlled but Hong Kong-listed company making Nike and Adidas sports shoes, suspended production in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday and sent its 100,000-strong workforce home, spokesman Jerry Shum said. "We hope to resume production ASAP," he said.
Factories display Korean flags to avoid
being looted by Vietnamese mobs
Felix Chung Kwok-pan, a legislator for the textiles and garment constituency, said yesterday that there were hundreds of Hong Kong-owned garment and textile factories in Vietnam, and the labour-intensive garment industry was the biggest victim of the anti-Chinese riots.
A Hong Kong garment manufacturer in Ho Chi Minh who did not want to be name said his factory had so far escaped he protests unscathed, partly helped by a disguised Chinese identity.
"We are a joint venture with a local Vietnamese investor, and luckily we don't have any Chinese writing at our factory entrance," he said. "Factories with Chinese writing or names are targets of destruction."
The unrest at industrial parks close to Ho Chi Minh City is the most serious outbreak of public disorder in Vietnam in years. It points to the dangers for the government as it manages public anger at China while also protesting against Chinese actions in the South China Sea.
Another said many foreign-owned factories were putting banners on the gates of the factories saying, "We love Vietnam" and "Hoang Sa, Truong Sa - Vietnam," using Vietnamese terms for the Paracels and Spratlys Islands, island chains claimed by both Vietnam and China reports ABC News.
|Vietnamese protesters hold banners during a protest rally against China outside the Chinese Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Saturday, May 10, 2014.|