Chinese companies in DoSon hide identity to avert rioters

The factory's Chinese name has been wipe away, leaving only vague marks. Photo:

Hai Phong is one of the most important industrial cities in northern Vietnam. DoSon development zone stands at the edge of DoSon peninsula, about 20 kilometers away from the downtown area.  DoSon has some 20 factories, mostly owned by Chinese. Interestingly, none of them has any sign written in Chinese at this moment.

After the deadly protests against Chinese on 14th May, all of the companies within the industrial area lowered Chinese flags and removed the Chinese signs. Instead, slogans like “I love Vietnam” and “The South China Sea actually belongs to Vietnam” can now be seen everywhere. A Taiwan company even had words like “support Sino-Vietnamese War" written on a scroll. Soon, under public pressure, the Taiwan company apologized and put away the scroll.

“We understand the fact that people had to figure out a way to avoid attacks in such terrible circumstances. Yet one cannot deviate from principles while acting in expediency," vice president of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce, Li Wei, told In fact, such scenes are not confined to DoSon. On May 15th, a Taiwan enterprise hung the picture of Ho Chi Minh on the front wall and asked all the workers to worship. A Taiwan local TV station criticized the company’s behavior as “licking the Vietnamese' shoes”.

We have seen similar situation once before. In September 2012, as the Diaoyu Islands dispute escalated, violence raged in China. In order to protect themselves, many Japanese stores in Beijing hung out Chinese national flags and banners like “ Diaoyu Islands belong to china”.

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