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Vietnamesiske myndigheter slo søndag ned på demonstrasjoner mot kinesiske interesser i landet og lovte utenlandske investorer at deres eiendom ville bli beskyttet.

Vietnam har vært et vekstområde for utenlandsk kapital, og Vietnam ønsker ikke at protestene skal eskalere.

Two Chinese workers were killed midweek, and more than 100 injured as mobs targeted Chinese factories and Taiwanese factories employing Chinese workers. In a bid to reassure nervous foreign investors, top Vietnamese security official Lt. Gen. Hoang Kong Tu vowed Saturday to ensure the safety of all foreign citizens and investments in the country, including from China. Over 1,000 suspects have been arrested in connection with the attacks, which authorities have blamed on extremists.

3.000 kinesere har rømt fra Vietnam, og Kina har sendt fem fartøyer som skal evakuere flere. De kommer frem mandag.

Men Kina viser ingen tegn til å trekke tilbake oljeriggen som utløste protestene. Den beskyttes av 80 fartøyer. Riggen ligger godt innenfor Vietnams økonomiske sone etter FNs havrettskonvensjon. At Kina kaller dette «sitt» uroer derfor hele Sørøst-Asia.

Kina tok Paracel-øyene ved selvtekt i 1974. Det er i dette farvannet riggen opererer.

That move sparked the latest troubles and highlighted Beijing’s increasingly assertive approach to its territorial claims that cover almost the entire South China Sea, one of the world’s busiest waterways that is potentially rich in oil and gas. China now has several maritime disputes simmering with countries nervous about Beijing’s growing economic and military power.

Vietnam says 80 Chinese ships are protecting the oil rig, deployed some 120 miles from Vietnam’s coast and therefore well within Vietnam’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone, as defined by the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. Both sides have accused the other of «provocations» as boats have collided, and Chinese ships have used water cannons, according to Vietnamese media footage.

Kina advarer andre land mot å støtte Vietnam. Det også som en konfronterende aggressiv politikk. En toppgeneral var nylig i Washington og ba USA holde seg unna. Det er det samme som å be USA avstå fra å være engasjert i Sørøst-Asia.

The U.S. government usually takes no stand on the region’s various sovereignty disputes, but Vice President Joe Biden and other top U.S. officials told a top Chinese general visiting the USA last week that Beijing’s behavior in the maritime disputes was «dangerous and provocative» and must stop, a senior U.S. official told the Reuters news agency Thursday.

Meanwhile, Beijing thinks Washington should stay out of the conflict and shows no intention of withdrawing the rig. General Fang Fenghui, chief of the general staff of the People’s Liberation Army, said Thursday in Washington that China would continue drilling for oil in what he called China’s territorial waters. Fang blamed Hanoi for the stand-off, criticized President Obama’s strategic «pivot» to Asia and said China cannot afford to «lose an inch» of territory, Reuters reported.

Vietnam sier det ikke ønsker konfronasjon, men det betyr ikke at Hanoi godtar kinesiske krav.

De to landene utkjempet en kort grensekrig i 1979. Den gang viste vietnameserne overraskende styrke. Men det er et helt annet Kina som Vietnam står overfor idag.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/05/18/vietnam-anti-china-protests/9244485/