Videos posted online show scuffles between protesters and security forces in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. One person with a bloodied face is heard shouting, “This is the bloodstain of Xi Jinping! I was beaten up because of Xi Jinping.”
The carton messages violate international and Vietnamese law, according to a statement on the official Vietnamese customs' website. In addition, China's territorial claims are under protest from the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and Brunei.
The conflict between Taiwanese and Chinese managers and local Vietnamese workers has remained unresolved. Last May, the South China Sea sovereignty dispute raised conflict between China and Vietnam, the following anti-Chinese riot in Vietnam then spread to Taiwan-funded enterprises.
This is another spy case related to China following the Chinese spy pigeon incident in January this year. The Vietnamese police claimed that some of the Chinese race pigeons flying to Vietnam were probing state secrets of Vietnam.
If authorities keep ignoring the profession and social status of blue-collar workers, this new policy will only relieve the problems temporarily and cause more harm in the future.