China evacuates thousands of citizens from Vietnam after deadly attacks
Hong Kong (CNN) -- China has evacuated more than 3,000 of itscitizens from Vietnamand is sending ships to retrieve more of them after deadly anti-Chineseviolence erupted last week over a territorial dispute between the twocountries.
Five Chinese ships will travel to Vietnam to helpwith the evacuation, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported Sunday,citing the Ministry of Transport. One of the ships has already set off from thesouthern island province of Hainan, the ministrysaid.
Sixteen critically injured Chinese citizenswere flown out of Vietnamon Sunday morning on a chartered medical plane organized by Chineseauthorities, Xinhua said.
Two Chinese citizens were killed and morethan 100 others were injured in the violence that hit parts of Vietnam lastweek, according to the news agency. Some of the worst violence appeared to havetaken place in the central coastal province of Ha Tinh.
Foreign factories, particularly those runby companies from China and Taiwan, were burned and looted by riotersoutraged over Beijing's decision to send an oilrig into waters of the South China Sea thatboth countries claim as sovereign territory.