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Taiwan expands travel alert for Vietnam ahead of expected protests
Central News Agency
2014-05-17 06:55 PM
Taipei, May 17 (CNA) Taiwan issued a "yellow" travel alert for Vietnam Saturday, urging Taiwanese nationals to pay attention to their personal safety, as mass protests were likely in different parts of the Southeast Asia country Sunday following anti-China riots earlier in the week. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintained its orange travel alert for Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces and included District 1 of Ho Chi Minh, the largest city in southern Vietnam. The ministry urged Taiwanese nationals in the Southeast Asian country to avoid crowded areas and places where mass rallies are likely. One day after the anti-China riots erupted May 13, Taiwan issued a yellow travel alert for Ho Chi Minh and an orange alert for Binh Duong and Dong Nai in southern Vietnam, calling for citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to the two provinces. Under the ministry's four-color travel alert system, orange is the second-highest alert after red, with yellow and gray the two lower levels. The ministry said it has information that mass protests are likely to be held around China's Embassy in Hanoi and in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh. The anti-China riots in Vietnam were in response to a Chinese oil-drilling venture in an area of the South China Sea that is also claimed by Hanoi. The protests have affected more than 1,000 Taiwan-invested companies in Vietnam, most of them in Binh Duong and Dong Nai, according to the ministry. (By Elaine Hou)
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