Vietnam Anti-China Riots: BDG Observes Limited Damage at Factories in Vietnam

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A few broken windows, but everything else appears mostly in order at My Phuoc 2 industrial park.

Vietnam, HCMC, May 14, 2014 – After reports of anti-China riots at industrial parks in Vietnam’s southern provinces this past week, BDG staff visited Binh Duong Province today to observe the situation. From a tour of the province and visits to two factories at My Phuoc 2 industrial park, we saw evidence of damage at several properties, but overall the damage appeared limited and the situation calm.

Despite media reports and local rumors about riots with up to 20,000 people, we observed only vague signs of tension around the province. We noticed a slightly higher-than-normal police presence. We also noticed patriotic materials, including anti-China and pro-Vietnam banners, being sold in the streets. Some were on display at local shops and factories. We also saw some motorbike drivers carrying them as they passed in the streets.

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Broken windows in Vietnam factory during anti-China riots

After visiting a local golf course, where security was heightened and some facilities had shut down early, we went to My Phuoc 2 industrial park, which was almost completely deserted. Virtually no cars, motorbikes or workers were anywhere to be seen. A few gardeners were still doing their work on the streets. Factories had only one or two security guards left in the front.

My Phuoc 2 was not the main site of the rioting, but some factories in the park were attacked. Damage was minor. Around 50% of the windows in some factories were broken. Some doors and other entryways showed evidence of break-in.

Yet inside the factories, all machines looked intact, and though some boxes were opened, we saw no signs of destruction in the production and warehousing area. A Toyota Innova parked in the production area was completely untouched.

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Production equipment were untouched during factory riots in Vietnam

We saw evidence of light damage in a few of the offices. Around five computers were destroyed, along with printers and TVs. Most everything else remained untouched, with no damage to the meeting room or high-precision equipment.

Overall, the situation appeared under control. We still have limited information about the impact of the riots at other industrial parks, but we urge caution when looking at media reports, which may overstate the scale and seriousness of the attacks and their potential impact on production in Vietnam at this time.