US government calls for restraint in Vietnam

Twenty people were killed and rioters attacked Vietnam's biggest steel plant overnight, as violent anti-China protests spread to the centre of the country.

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US state department monitoring events in Vietnam

The US State Department said it was monitoring events in Vietnam closely, and urged restraint from all parties.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said:

We support the right of individuals to assemble peacefully to protest.

(Such disputes) need to be resolved through dialogue, not through intimidation

We again urge dialogue in their resolution.

– White House spokesman Jay Carney

The current crisis erupted within days of a week-long visit to Asia by President Barack Obama in late April in which he pledged that Washington would live up to its obligation to defend its allies in the region.

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