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Taiwan company to seek riot damages from Vietnam

Taiwanese company Formosa Plastics Group on Monday said it will seek compensation from the Vietnam government after anti-China riots caused damage to its Vietnam facilities.

TAIPEI: Taiwanese company Formosa Plastics Group on Monday said it will seek compensation from the Vietnam government after anti-China riots caused damage to its Vietnam facilities.

The company did not provide a figure for damages incurred when unrest broke out over a territorial dispute.

Rioters had set ablaze a steel mill in Ha Tinh province, which is owned by Formosa. According to the company workers also "attacked some Chinese workers and damaged offices and equipment".

One Chinese worker was killed and at least 149 people were injured in the incident, local official Dang Quoc Khanh said.

Protests broke out in Vietnam’s major cities and mobs torched foreign-owned factories after China deployed an oil drilling rig in contested waters.

Thousands of Chinese nationals have evacuated Vietnam to escape the violence. 3,000 Chinese nationals have returned home, while 4,000 are said to be awaiting evacuation.

Some Chinese nationals have also fled to neighbouring Cambodia.

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