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China Evacuates Thousands from Vietnam

A ship carrying Chinese workers leaves Vung Ang port, Ha Tinh province, Vietnam, May 19, 2014.
A ship carrying Chinese workers leaves Vung Ang port, Ha Tinh province, Vietnam, May 19, 2014.
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Thousands of Chinese workers are being evacuated from Vietnam by ship following anti-China rioting last week that left two people dead and more than 140 injured.

China's official Xinhua news agency says two ships left the central Vietnamese port of Vung Ang on Monday carrying 900 passenger each. The report says two more ships with a capacity of 1,000 passengers will leave later Monday.  

Hundreds of other Chinese nationals crossed the border into Cambodia last week.

The violence, rare in communist-run Vietnam, erupted after the state-run China energy company CNOOC towed a deep water oil rig to waters near the Paracel Islands claimed to be in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Dozens of Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean factories were damaged or looted before police started restoring order late last week. On Sunday, Vietnamese police broke up a planned protest outside the Chinese embassy in Hanoi. The few demonstrators who turned up were quickly surrounded by police.

Philippines tensions

Meanwhile, Philippine President Benigno Aquino is accusing Beijing of violating a non-binding South China Sea agreement by undertaking what appears to be a land reclamation project on a disputed reef.

Aquino told reporters in Manila Monday that China is violating the 2002 Declaration of Conduct, which calls for all parties to refrain from building new structures until territorial disputes are resolved.

He said the incident shows the need to all parties to negotiate a legally binding Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.

China and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including Vietnam and the Philippines, signed the non-binding declaration in 2002.

China has overlapping maritime territorial disputes with ASEAN nations Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia.

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by: ho chi minh from: saigon
May 21, 2014 10:58 PM
All pirate chinese , go home to your f. Mainland
Don't go around steal your neighbors' s land.
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by: Ms from: china
May 24, 2014 5:08 AM
please go home and learn more about history and manner,SB.

by: Xia lan from: China
May 21, 2014 4:31 AM
As Winston Churchill once said' A country has no permanent friends, only permanent interests.' Every creature lives by the Jungle Law, so is every country. The fittest survive! Why does Amercia always have a say in the world? Because it is strong enough to make others listen. Why are we here quarreling in English not in Chineses, in vietnamese, in french nor in any other language? Is it because English is the best language? Certainly not! The public secret is English has been the world's language king since the rise of UK! Like it or not, China is much stronger than Vietnam!
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by: cow ard from: china
May 22, 2014 6:52 AM
@Xia, haha easy for for a chinese to say when they have billions of ppl and weapons BUT when they didnt in WW2 , they cried to the world for HHHEEELLLPPP ,stay in china businesss because we are weak and the stronger JAPAN is woooping our arses
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May 21, 2014 9:42 AM
The difference between us and animals is that we know how to reason. We don’t fight it out until the stronger wins to decide who owns the turf.So don't act like animals and stop blaming your evil actions on your animal instinct and the barbaric laws of the jungle. The UN was founded in 1945. Its main purposes are to lay down certain laws and sets of rules,to help promote peace,stability,understandings and reduce the risks of wars between all nations.Under UN principles,all countries,regardless of their sizes,are bound and must comply with these conventions,to prevent the case where,certain nations,taking advantage of their bigger size and strength,would take the power into their own hands,and wage war against smaller and weaker nations,as in the case of Russia and China these days.

The UN,as a world body,has failed miserably to implement what it set out to achieve and it needs a general reshuffle.UN ballots should be more democratic,based on the majority of votes in favour,and should not be influenced or decided by the 5 permanent member states.With the exclusive veto power at the moment,the 5 permanent member states can manipulate the world politics and do whatever they like at the expense of the smaller and weaker nations
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by: Adam9
May 21, 2014 7:54 AM
Xia lan,
America has a bigmouth and a long nose. I think we can post our comments in Chinese or Vietnamese or French on this American propaganda media too but many readers of this English article may not read Chinese, French or Vietnamese or any other language. Chinese Language is being used by more people than any language in the world today. And China is many times stronger than Vietnam militarily and economically.

by: We just fade away
May 20, 2014 3:08 AM
The statement: “We do not take sides in territorial disputes” repeatedly made by the US government officials might have been interpreted by China as a green light for them in the matter.
A few days ago, I saw pictures of vice president Biden in the news when he reportedly put a visiting Chinese general on an awkward spot by telling him to stop 'Dangerous' actions in disputed territory. He looked angry and sounded like Ronald Reagan, and I was a little impressed by the VP. So I am just wondering, what would Ronald Reagan do about China if he was the POTUS today?
In answering my own question, I think the Gipper would probably:
-be calling a spade a spade, (of course,) Communist China the “evil empire.”
-demand Communist China to stop immediately their horrific crimes against the Tibetans.
-demand Communist China to remove those 11,000 missiles pointing at Taiwan or appropriate countering measures will be implemented by the US government including the installations of offensive missiles on the islands of Taiwan.
-demand Communist China to respect human rights and respect the principle of “Self Determination” of all people including the people of the democratic Taiwan.
-demand Communist China to use International Court of Arbitration in settling all of its territorial disputes and abide by the rulings of the court.
-demand Communist China to respect copyright and intellectual property, and stop all cyber-attacks against the US government and American business community.

… Attack my foot! These are called grand theft international, plain and simple. … Something else, colonel!
… Mister President, what should we do about Vietnam, Sir?
… W...well, … colonel, … you can tell them, in … no … uncertain terms, that … America will only support and respect a democratic Vietnam, not this totalitarian regime of theirs.
… Yes, Mister President! Permission to withdraw, Sir!
… Granted!
(A good looking young lieutenant colonel in US Marines Corp. uniform saluted and marched out of the office.)

by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
May 19, 2014 7:25 PM
Funny, viet is keeping its land reclamation project in years, never heard one complain from fino.
The Chinese project is a counter action against viet. Fino should sh ut up.
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by: remie from: canada
May 22, 2014 6:46 AM
@ jonathan huang, First you talk like a fifth grader, maybe you are one of those paid chinese government employee .Second, Taiwanese is also wrong in nine dash line. China just took it and thought they can deceive the world but there is massive evidence,history,etc.. that contradicts that cheesy nine dash line. So i dont know why you keep bringing useless map. Third , communist doesn't work and especially Chinese commie mix with greedy, brainwash fifth grader like you.
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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
May 21, 2014 7:05 PM
First i never pretended to be a westerner, I am always proud to be Chinese! Name means nothing, we Chinese can adopt any names.
Second, the nine dash line was published by democratic Taiwan, ROC, I don't need to repeat anything from communist China.
Third, if you hate communist so much, then you should hate viet cong also! Do you?
Lol, you are brainwashed fool! You are the shame!
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by: ChingChong from: US
May 21, 2014 12:11 PM
Chinese like you are really shameful trying to pretend to be a westerner with a western name while repeating commie China's line by line. Your southernmost border is right there at Hainan. Stop robbing land and sea of theothers

by: Chi Ly from: USA
May 19, 2014 3:06 PM
Vietnam does not need you. Get out of Vietnam. And get your oil rig out of Vietnam's water too.

One thousands years of your occupation of our homeland is enough!

by: Dai Viet from: Paris
May 19, 2014 1:07 PM
By organizing this so-called "evacuation", the Chinese government is trying to exaggerate the situation in Vietnam in order to distract the attention of the public opinion from the criticism being made on them for illegally and provocatively deploying the notorious oil rig in Vietnamese waters. The hawkish and bellicose guys in Zhong Nanhai are clumsily recycling the old tactics of the 1970's but they can at best only cheat the brainwashed and illiterate Chinese, but no one else!
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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
May 21, 2014 10:38 PM
@seato, apparently democratic Taiwanese suffered worse in this civilized Viennese patriotic movement! Lol
Keep white painting!
Oh, btw, it was Taiwan, ROC first published the nine dash line! Enough to say, right? Yeah, keep spinning.
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May 20, 2014 7:00 AM
When talking about savagery.barbarity and attrocities against mankind nobody can outclass the Chinese.Who,due to stupid economic and ideological policies,has brought about the death of more than 40 million innocent Chinese ? Mao Tsetung of China.Who sent thousands of Chinese to their death in Korea in the name of Communism? China . Who killed millions more of Chinese during the Cultural Revolution.

Great Mao of China again.Who accused Imperial Japan of genocide and rape in WW2 but basically commtting far more crimes in Tibet and Xinjang? China.Who was behind the massacre of more than 2 million Cambodians between 1975-1979? China again. If China is such a great,civilised and liberal country then why do so many countries in Asia do not want to have anything to do with them? Taiwanese people's aspirations of having their own independent nation is prevented by the threats of invasion and rocket attacks from China.

Stealing lands from their people,taking body organs from prisoners and selling them for profits. China again.Using economic and military might to force unfair and unreasonable claims on their weaker neighbours is their latest great deed.Russia is not stupid to support your evil cause,because they know sooner or later you would turn to Russia Fast East.More Chinese would be sacrified in the name of Great Han again to satisfy the greed and lust of those bellicose officials in Beijing
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by: xialan from: China
May 20, 2014 5:10 AM
Take back your insult of the Chinese people!
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May 20, 2014 3:56 AM
The Chinese government policy makers are really devious.Having received so many condemnations world wide for deploying the oil rig and warships illegally in Vietnamese waters,they subsequently orchestrated and incited attacks on foreign-owned companies in Vietnam,exaggerated the situation,to destablise Vietnamese economy and paint the wrong picture about all that has been going on in Vietnam,so as to win support for their wrongful aggression .This evacuation of Chinese nationals from Vietnam is another dirty ploy to fool the world into believing that it was Vietnam who has started all the ongoing troubles and they reserve all the rights to invade Vietnam to teach Vietnam a lesson and to defend Chinese nationals and interests in Vietnam.What would happen in the next few weeks depending on the agreements that China get from Russia and America...I hope the Vietnamese government come to their senses and realise that in their entire history China has never wanted to be anybody's friends
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by: NewYorker from: New York, NY
May 19, 2014 11:16 PM
You may use all the verbiage you want, but the reality is, China has claims on the land that Vietnam also has. The major difference is the Chinese government is backing up their talk with their superior economics, military, and diplomacy. Until Vietnam is able to do anything, the islands are gone. Perhaps it's better to get past your feelings.

The history of humankind is a history of groups of people willing to state and defend their interests. Nations are built on considerations for their people, not outsiders. America, England, Russia, China, and all the major powers of modern (and ancient) history got to where they are based on that principle alone. The Native Americans will never take back what the Manifest Destiny took from them. And the world moves on.
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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
May 19, 2014 7:35 PM
Stop lying. From this riot, ppl around the world already see the true face of savage Vietnamese. What kind of animals would attack innocent Taiwanese and Koreans for the conflicts between China and viet?
Viet cong is corrupt, oppressive, greedy, viet ppl is savage, uneducated, low level thugs. That is the true viet.
Get out of China sea, go back to your caves.

by: Adam9 from: Dong Nai
May 19, 2014 11:31 AM
Bon voyage, comrades and don't come Back!!
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by: Hoang from: Canada
May 21, 2014 1:27 PM
We Vietnamese don't want Chinese investment in Vietnam. Chinese investment is bringing thousands of Chinese nationals to Vietnam for work with higher pay and better conditions than local Vietnamese, exploiting natural resources and polluting Vietnam.
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by: Viktor
May 20, 2014 7:12 AM
China is no longer a socialist country. China eat freind. Investment? not a problem! Russia will invest. USA will accept Vietnam into TPP soon. I wish you good luck!
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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
May 19, 2014 7:29 PM
Great our investment won't come back neither.

by: Lance
May 19, 2014 11:22 AM
The government of China should take into account the circumstance before the activity carried out at the area near the Paracel Islands because those who are being evacuated from Vietnam by ship are innocent.
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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
May 19, 2014 7:28 PM
American government should stop oppressing ppl in Middle East because those dead in 911 were innocent.
@lance, is that your logic? Haha

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