South China Sea row: Protesters in Vietnam set Chinese factories on fire

Anti-China protesters have burnt several Chinese factories and offices in Vietnam as tensions over territorial rows in the South China Sea increases.

Zee Media Bureau/Aatif Iqbal

Vietnam: Anti-China protesters burnt several Chinese factories and attacked offices in Vietnam as tension over territorial row in the South China Sea increases.

The unrest erupted on Monday night and gained strength on following day.

The tension apropos of Beijing`s deployment of a drilling rig 120 nautical miles off the coast of Vietnam does not seem to be dying down. The disputed area is near the Paracel island, over which both China and Vietnam contest claims.

China`s move has led to fresh protest from the Vietnamese government.

The government of Vietnam has demanded immediate pullout of Chinese deployment from the disputed area.

Several collisions between ships from two countries were reported last week, as the government of Vietnam was not in favor of installation of the rig by China.

Exchange of water cannon fire along with the presence of dozens of vessels were also reported in the contested area.
Meanwhile, the US also warned China of `provocative` actions on Tuesday. US secretary of State John Carry telephoned Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and expressed concerns over recent developments.
Wang urged Kerry to remain objective, according to a spokeswoman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

(With Agency inputs)

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