Hong Kong has issued an outbound travel alert on Vietnam after violent anti-Chinese riots rocked several key cities, government broadcaster RTHK reported Wednesday.
The warning, the lowest in the government’s three-stage alert system, calls for caution by Hong Kong visitors to the Southeast Asian country
Vietnam police have detained about 500 anti-China protesters after more than a dozen factories at an industrial park in the south of the country were looted and set fire Tuesday.
The rioters thought the factories are owned by mainland Chinese but in fact many are Taiwanese firms, according to reports.
One Hong Kong resident contacted the Immigration Department for advice about getting back to Hong Kong. Immigration officials have been in touch with the Chinese embassy in Hanoi, RTHK said.
Hong Kong companies may have also been damaged in the violence, according to a source from the Hong Kong Business Association Vietnam, but Chinese officials in Hanoi have yet to receive any such information.
“We urge the Vietnamese side to immediately take necessary steps to stop these activities and seriously punish crimes to ensure the security of Chinese citizens and institutions in Vietnam,” Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Wednesday in Beijing.
The violence came after China refused to remove an oil drilling rig from territorial waters claimed by both Beijing and Hanoi.
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