China dispatches evacuation ships to Vietnam

Riot policemen keep guard at an industrial zone in Vietnam's southern Binh Duong province Credit: Reuters

China has dispatched five ships to Vietnam to speed up the process of evacuating its citizens following deadly anti-Chinese riots over Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in disputed territorial waters, news agencies are reporting.

China's foreign ministry says more than 3,000 Chinese have already been evacuated from Vietnam following the riots this week that left two Chinese dead and injured about 100 others.

A damaged Chinese owned shoe factory is seen in Vietnam's southern Binh Duong province. Credit: Reuters

Vietnam ordered a stop to anti-China protests and in the capital, Hanoi, police today pushed away a handful of protesters and journalists in front of the Chinese Embassy.

Vietnam has protested against China's positioning of the oil rig in the South China Sea and has sent ships to confront China's vessels.