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China sends ships to evacuate workers from Vietnam

China sends ships to evacuate workers from Vietnam
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Vietnamese police in Ho Chi Minh City broke up an anti-China rally on Sunday, May 17, making several arrests.

Beijing is sending five ships to evacuate thousands of Chinese workers from Vietnam. The first vessel set sail on Sunday, May 18 and is expected to arrive on the morning of Monday, May 19.

The Chinese government has already evacuated more than 3,000 people from Vietnam, according to local media.

A wave of anti-China violence has left at least two people dead and dozens more injured in the central Vietnamese province of Ha Tinh.

The protests were sparked by China’s decision to move an oil rig into contested waters in the South China Sea.

Over the last week, nationalist rioters have attacked several Chinese-owned factories and others foreign-owned plants that they believe have Chinese ties.