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Evacuation ships sent to Vietnam

China is sending five ships to Vietnam to speed up the evacuation of its citizens following deadly anti-Chinese riots over Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in disputed waters.

The official Xinhua News Agency says that the first ship departed this morning from the southern island of Hainan.

China's foreign ministry says more than 3,000 Chinese have already been evacuated from Vietnam following the riots this week that left two Chinese dead and injured about 100 others.

Vietnam ordered a stop to anti-China protests and in the capital, Hanoi, police today pushed away a handful of protesters and journalists in front of the Chinese Embassy.

Vietnam has protested against China's positioning of the oil rig in the South China Sea and has sent ships to confront China's vessels.

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