Reports: 21 people killed, almost 100 injured in Vietnam riots
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Reports: 21 people killed, almost 100 injured in Vietnam riots

Reuters reports that 16 people believed to be Chinese and five Vietnamese were killed during riots in Vietnam last night:

Five Vietnamese workers and 16 other people described as Chinese died during anti-China rioting in the central Vietnamese province of Ha Tinh on Wednesday night, a doctor at a hospital in the province said.

“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 on Thursday.

(MORE: Anti-Chinese violence turns deadly in Vietnam)

Associated Press has a much lower figure:

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A top Taiwanese diplomat says rioters have stormed a large Taiwanese steel mill in Vietnam, killing at least one Chinese worker and injuring 90 more.

Ambassador to Vietnam Huang Chih-peng said the violence took place late Wednesday and early Thursday at the Formosa steel mill in central Vietnam.

Anti-Chinese sentiment has been running high in Vietnam ever since Beijing deployed an oil rig into disputed waters in the South China Sea on May 1.

Earlier this week, mobs burned and looted scores of foreign-owned factories in southern Vietnam, believing they were Chinese-run, but many were actually Taiwanese or South Korean.


A firefighter runs as Taiwanese bicycle factory burns in Di An Town, Binh Duong province, Wednesday. Pic: AP.