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     May 12, '14

Vietnamese stage anti-China protests
By Radio Free Asia

In one of the largest anti-China demonstrations in Vietnam, thousands of people took to the streets at the weekend to protest against Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in contested South China Sea waters, as a high-level Southeast Asian meeting voiced

"serious concerns" over the tense territorial standoff.

About 1,000 people marched Sunday in the commercial capital Ho Chi Minh City, protesting outside the Chinese consulate, while hundreds gathered in front of the Chinese embassy in the capital Hanoi calling on Beijing to withdraw the giant rig positioned near the disputed Paracel Islands. Similar protests too place in the cities of Danang and Hue against the May 1 rig deployment, which saw patrol vessels from the two countries converging in the disputed area, resulting in collisions and escalation of tensions

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers voiced "serious concerns over the on-going developments" in a joint statement released on the eve of the summit in Myanmar on Sunday but did not criticize Beijing, which exerts vast political and economic influence in the region. More ...

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