Anti-China Riots in Vietnam Scare Taiwan

At least 500 Taiwanese-owned plants were damaged
Protesters in Bien Hoa, Vietnam Photograph by AFP/Getty Images

In the territorial dispute between Vietnam and China, the Taiwanese are collateral damage. Since Vietnamese protests against a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters turned ugly on May 13, officials in Hanoi have been trying to reassure foreign factory owners that the country is still a safe place to invest. In Binh Duong province just north of Ho Chi Minh City, the local government chairman on May 20 met with representatives from almost 100 foreign companies to apologize and promise to help with the recovery effort. The next day, the central government announced a series of tax breaks and other measures for companies damaged by the attacks.

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