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    May 16, 2014

    20 killed in Vietnam as anti-China riots spread


    MORE than 20 people were killed in Vietnam and a huge foreign steel project set ablaze as anti-China riots spread to the centre of the country, a day after arson and looting in the south, a doctor and company officials said.

    The doctor at a hospital in central Ha Tinh province said five Vietnamese workers and 16 other people described as Chinese were killed on Wednesday night in rioting.

    "About a hundred people were brought to the hospital last night. Many were Chinese. More are being brought to the hospital this morning," the doctor at Ha Tinh General Hospital told Reuters. However, local media said only one person was killed.

    Formosa Plastics Group, Taiwan's biggest investor in Vietnam, said its upcoming steel plant in Ha Tinh was set on fire after fighting between its Vietnamese and Chinese workers. One Chinese worker was killed and 90 others injured, it said in a statement in Taipei.

    It was not immediately clear if the casualties were among those admitted to the Ha Tinh hospital.