Beijing tells Hanoi it must pay for losses

Beijing tells Hanoi it must pay for losses
Smoke billowing from a Taiwanese furniture factory in Binh Duong as anti-China protesters set factories on fire in Vietnam.

Vietnam needs to thoroughly investigate the recent anti-China riots there, and must pay compensation to Chinese nationals and enterprises to regain global confidence in the country, officials and analysts said.

On Sunday, authorities in Vietnam's Binh Duong province, north of Ho Chi Minh City, found two men guilty for the riots starting on May 13 that killed two Chinese citizens, injured hundreds of others and damaged hundreds of foreign factories, the country's Thanh Nien Daily newspaper reported.

However, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said at a news conference on Monday that the convictions are "simply not enough".

"We urge Vietnam to take effective measures to guarantee the safety of Chinese nationals and enterprises," he said. "The robbery, arson and vandalism in the riots have caused heavy casualties and property losses to Chinese companies and staff."

Le Van Nghiem, a worker at the Chan Viet Joint Stock Co, was sentenced to three years in prison for "causing public disorder" and "deliberately damaging property". The public trial attracted thousands of spectators.

According to the indictment, Nghiem joined a group of about 200 people who pulled down his employer's gate on the evening of May 13, screaming about "chasing the Chinese back to their country". Nghiem was also believed to have blocked and damaged a police car.

In court, Nghiem admitted his crimes and said he regretted his actions.

On the same day, another court in Binh Duong sentenced Chau Vinh Tuong to one year in prison for robbery.

Le Xuan Truong, chief of the secretariat of the Binh Duong police department, told The Wall Street Journal that more than 700 of the approximately 1,000 people arrested for participating in the riots will face trials and the rest will receive administrative fines.

Su Hao, a professor of Asia-Pacific studies at China Foreign Affairs University, said the loss to Chinese citizens and businesses was real and witnessed by the world, so China deserves immediate and sincere compensation, not just self-deceiving stimulus measures.

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