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Mobs Have Burned And Looted Scores Of Foreign-Owned Factories In Vietnam Following A Large Protest By Workers Against China's Recent Placement Of An Oil Rig In Disputed Southeast Asian Waters. The Unrest At Industrial Parks Near Ho Chi Minh City Is The Most Serious Outbreak Of Public Disorder In Years. It Points To The Dangers For The Government As It Tries To Manage Public Anger At China While Also Itself Protesting The Chinese Actions In The Area Of The South China Sea It Says Belongs To Vietnam, For Some Analysis ... Minh Dao Of The VOA Vietnamese Service Spoke With Carl Thayer, Emeritus Professor At The University Of New South Wales And Director Of Thayer Consultancy. She Asked Him If China's Placement Of The Oil Rig Is A Negative Escalation In Relations Between Vietnam And China.