Archive for August 27, 2011

Illegal Chinese Workers Terrorize Across Vietnam

Posted in Economics, Politics, Society with tags , , on August 27, 2011 by Ian Pham

Over the past several years, the Vietnamese Communist government has allowed many Chinese companies to conduct mining and labor projects on Vietnamese land.  The widely contested Bauxite Mining project is a prime example of the many devastating projects approved by the Communist Party in Vietnam.  Besides Bauxite Mining, there are many other projects that are detrimental to Vietnam’s land and its people.  A large percentage of the workers involved in these projects are not even from Vietnam.  They are, in fact, from China, working in Vietnam, devastating Vietnamese land, and terrorizing Vietnamese people.

According to Asia News (Friday, August 26, 2011), there are more than 74,000 foreign workers in Vietnam, 90% of them are Chinese. They occupy all areas of Vietnam, from the northern province of Lang Son, reaching all the way to the south, down to the province of Ca Mau.  Even more disturbing however, is that the majority of these Chinese workers do not have permission to work in Vietnam, in other words, they are in Vietnam illegally.  Of the 2,000 workers in Ninh Binh province, about 1,500 of them are illegal.  For Ca Mau province, only 690 out of 1700 workers are permitted to work.  These numbers should help illustrate the problematic situation in Vietnam, one that the Communist Party is doing nothing to fix.

The issue doesn’t stop there, disturbingly enough.  Not only are these illegal workers poorly trained and unequipped to work, they are also guilty of terrorizing the Vietnamese locals on a regular basis.  There are numerous reports of Chinese workers harassing and assaulting Vietnamese locals, such as shopkeepers and merchants.  In many cases, the Chinese workers will refuse to pay for items or services provided for them.  They would steal, threaten, and then return with large entourages of other Chinese workers to destroy the shops and businesses that had just serviced them.  There are reports where hundreds, even thousands of illegal Chinese workers would beat local shopkeepers with weapons and tools, steal their merchandise, and tear down their businesses to the ground.

What does the Vietnamese government have to say about all this?  Not much, apparently.  After all, it was they, the Vietnamese Communists, who allowed China to send in their workers, terrorize, and destroy Vietnam’s economy in the first place.  It is good that they have spoken in the Paracel and Spratly matter, but that is far from enough.  There are many major problems that the Chinese have afflicted Vietnam with, many problems that the government has yet to address.  The People’s Republic of China has invaded Vietnam in every way but one, military force.  They’ve attacked Vietnam’s economic development, domestic politics, and the people’s way of life.  This is a serious problem, one that the Communists in Vietnam are inadequate to deal with.

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