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China Urges Cambodia To Protect Citizens Fleeing Vietnam

A firefighter runs as Taiwanese bicycle factory Tan Than Industries burns in Di An Town, Binh Duong province, Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The Chinese Embassy on Friday delivered a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, calling on authorities to ensure the safety of Chinese citizens fleeing violence in Vietnam.

Anti-Chinese demonstrations over the South China Sea turned deadly in Vietnam this week, pushing as many as 1,000 Chinese into Cambodia, where they are seeking safety.

Koy Kuong, a spokesman for the Foreign Affairs Ministry, said Cambodia is already taking care to protect the safety of those fleeing.

Keat Chantharith, a spokesman for the national police, said Chinese citizens are safe in hotels and guesthouses in Phnom Penh, where police are keeping an eye on them.