The Vietnamese government has decided to delay its ambitious handling of a bill on the construction of a special economic zone for four months. The move is interpreted as a result of strong opposition, as anti-Chinese sentiment exploded in a clause that allows foreign investors to lease land for up to 99 years.
According to Yonhap News Agency, the Vietnamese government will postpone the parliamentary review and resolution of the bill on special economic zones, which was originally scheduled for October 15, to October and submit the revised bill again.
In addition, the revised bill will not include any provision of land lease in special economic zones. Under the current law, foreign investors in other regions can rent land for up to 70 years.
The Vietnamese government listened to lawmakers, scientists, economists, experts and the public's passionate and responsible opinions and requested the National Assembly to delay its handling of the bills, the revision defended national security and sovereignty.
On May 9, dozens of citizens took to the streets of Ho Aquim Lake, the capital city of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City's industrial complex, and Puquuk Island.
The participants chanted the Zigung Islands, the Chinese Islands, and the Hoangsa Islands, the Chinese islands of China.
In addition, anti-Chinese events took place in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh cities.