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China Urges Cambodia to Protect Citizens Fleeing Vietnam

  • While riot police stand by, workers board a Chinese ship at Vung Ang port, Ha Tinh province, Vietnam, May 19, 2014. 
  • Hundreds of Chinese workers leave Vietnam on ships chartered by their government after deadly unrest broke out last week, Vung Ang port, Ha Tinh province, Vietnam , May 19, 2014.
     
  • Anti-Vietnam protesters throw eggs at a Chinese frigate placed on top of a Vietnamese flag during a protest defending China's territorial claim and condemning Vietnam's anti-Chinese protests, in Hong Kong, May 19, 2014.
     
  • Anti-Vietnam protesters hold posters with slogans and a map of the South China Sea during a protest defending China's territorial claim and condemning Vietnam's anti-Chinese protests, in Hong Kong, May 19, 2014.
  • A police officer uses a speaker to order pedestrians, including journalists, to leave a closed area near the Chinese embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, May 18, 2014. 
     
  • Vietnamese authorities forcibly break up a small protest against China after anti-Chinese rampages in two Vietnamese cities turned violent, Hanoi, Vietnam, May 18, 2014. 

     
  • Vietnamese expatriates shout in front of the Chinese consulate in Makati to protest the recent moves by China to construct an oil rig near the Vietnamese-claimed Paracels, May 16, 2014.
  • Police face off with demonstrators dressed as green sea turtles protesting recent poaching by China during a rally in front of the Chinese consulate at the financial district of Makati city, Philippines, May 16, 2014.
  • Protesters, wearing green sea turtle costumes, picket the Chinese consulate at the financial district of Makati city, Philippines, May 16, 2014.
  • Philippine activists and Vietnamese nationals display placards and chant anti-China slogans as they march outside the Chinese consulate in Manila's Makati financial district, May 16, 2014.
Philippine Protests Against China
Heng Reaksmey
The Chinese Embassy on Friday delivered a letter to the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, calling on authorities to ensure the safety of Chinese citizens fleeing violence in Vietnam.
 
Anti-Chinese demonstrations over the South China Sea turned deadly in Vietnam this week, pushing as many as 1,000 Chinese into Cambodia, where they are seeking safety.

Koy Kuong, a spokesman for the Foreign Affairs Ministry, said Cambodia is already protecting those fleeing.

“As a matter of fact we have paid attention to Chinese people who have fled to Cambodia from Vietnam. We have facilitated their entry based on humanitarian principle," said Kuong.

In Phnom Penh Friday, a Chinese man who did not wish to be identified expressed relief that he was able to leave Vietnam.   

"[I left] because they were anti-Chinese. Mainly, they are anti-Chinese and are not friendly to Chinese people," he said.
 
Keat Chantharith, a spokesman for Cambodia's national police, said Chinese citizens are safe in hotels and guesthouses in Phnom Penh, where police are keeping an eye on them.

This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Khmer service.

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