China began evacuating hundreds of its nationals from Vietnam (via at least 2 planes and 5 ships) as the anti-China protests have become increasingly deadly following Beijing’s attempt to deploy an oil drill in Vietnamese disputed waters (detailed here, here, here, and here)…
*CHINA SENDING 5 SHIPS TO VIETNAM TO EVACUATE CHINESE: XINHUA
*HUNDREDS OF VIETNAMESE SECURITY IN CENTRAL HO CHI MINH CITY
*VIETNAM PRIME MINISTER ISSUES DIRECTIVE TO PREVENT PROTESTS
*VIETNAM GOVT TAKES ACTION TO PREVENT RIOTS: BINH
Hundreds of police and security forces are in central Ho Chi Minh city and the Chinese consulate is under heavy guard. Tensions across the ASEAN region are growing as Taiwan is on “high alert” but the bloc’s inability to craft a united response to Chinese aggression signals a further decline in its regional clout.