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21 dead in anti-China riots in Vietnam

Chinese oil rig parked in the disputed South China Sea

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Anti-China protest in Vietnam news

HANOI, Vietnam - At least 21 people have died in deadly anti-China protests rocking Vietnam following furore over a Chinese oil rig parked in the disputed South China Sea.

The anti-China riots erupted mainly hit industrial zones in the south of Vietnam on Tuesday. But the violence fast spread to the centre of the country a day after a factory was set afire and before being looted.

There was confusion over the number of casualties with local media reporting that one person - a Chinese national - was killed.

But the Reuters citing an unnamed doctor in Ha Tinh province said 21 people have died. Five of them were Vietnamese workers and 16 others were Chinese.

The doctor, according to the news agency, said some 100 people were sent to his hospital after the rioting that has caused one of the worst breakdowns in China-Vietnam ties since the neighbours fought a brief border war in 1979.

"There were about a hundred people sent to the hospital last night. Many were Chinese. More are being sent to the hospital this morning," the doctor at Ha Tinh General Hospital told Reuters by phone.

"There were about a hundred people sent to the hospital last night. Many were Chinese. More are being sent to the hospital this morning," the doctor at Ha Tinh General Hospital told Reuters by phone.

China's official Xinhua news agency said about 10 Chinese remained unaccounted for Thursday after violent rioters attacked Chinese companies in Vietnam's central Ha Tinh Province.

China has expressed 'serious concern' over the rioting. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying accused the Vietnamese government of turning a blind eye to the violence.

"The looting and stealing that has taken place at Chinese businesses and to Chinese people has a direct relationship with Vietnam's winking at and indulging law breakers there," Hua said

Xinhua said the latest string of deadly attacks by Vietnamese mobs against Chinese citizens and companies in 'are worrying'.

"The senseless attacks, which came after Vietnamese ships and personnel repeatedly harassed the normal operations by a Chinese oil company in undisputed waters in the South China Sea, cannot be justified under any circumstances," Xinhua wrote in a commentary about the riots.

It said the Vietnamese government bears the full responsibility of ensuring the safety of all the Chinese citizens and companies in the country.

The US has called on both sides to show restrain.White House spokesman Jay Carney in a regular briefing said this kind of dispute needs to be resolved through dialogue, not through intimidation.

The violence has forced over 600 Chinese to flee across the border to Cambodia. Trouble erupted after demonstrators protested against China's May 1 deployment of an oil rig in waters claimed by the two countries.

Rioters have torched and vandalized dozens of foreign-owned factories, mistaking them for Chinese enterprises.

On Wednesday, they attacked a $20 billion Taiwanese-owned steel plant set to be the largest in Southeast Asia once it is completed in 2020.

The plant will be Southeast Asia's largest steel making facility when completed in 2017.> BNN

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