Date
18 December 2017
The ro-ro vessels have a combined capacity to carry 5,000 passengers. Photo: Beijing News
The ro-ro vessels have a combined capacity to carry 5,000 passengers. Photo: Beijing News

China sends five vessels to evacuate workers in Vietnam

China dispatched five ships to evacuate some 4,000 Chinese workers from Vietnam after a wave of anti-China riots in the Southeast Asian nation, Xinhua News Agency reported Monday.

The vessels with a combined capacity to carry 5,000 passengers headed for the Vung Ang port in central Vietnam, according to the transport ministry.

The first ship, Wuzhishan, sailed into the port at 10:18 a.m. local time, and the second vessel, Tongguling, arrived in an area outside the port early Monday, the report said.

In order to deal with any emergency, all five ships, popularly known as ro-ro or roll on, roll off vessels, have installed satellite navigation systems. Each of the ocean-going vessels has a captain, doctor, policemen and translator on board.

Some 135 Chinese workers who were injured in the anti-China riots in Vietnam’s central Ha Tinh province were evacuated on two flights of China Southern Airlines on Sunday morning, according to a Chinese embassy official said.

Major Chinese travel agencies have suspended their Vietnam tour services following the recent riots targeting Chinese nationals.

Hundreds of foreign factories have been looted and damaged in Ha Tinh and three other provinces near Ho Chi Minh City in the south since May 13. The riot has killed two Chinese and injured more than 100.

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