Vietnam curbs anti-China protests

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Posted: May 19, 2014 at 5:13 a.m.

Vietnamese security officers set up a fence outside an area of the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Vietnamese authorities forcibly broke up small protests against China in two cities on Sunday, after deadly anti-China rampages over a simmering territorial dispute risked damaging the economy and spooked a state used to keeping a tight grip on its people. In southern Ho Chi Minh City, police dragged away several demonstrators from a park in the city center. In Hanoi, authorities closed off streets and a park close to the Chinese Embassy and pushed journalists and protesters away. (AP Photo/Na Son Nguyen)

HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnam smothered anti-China protests Sunday with a security clampdown after deadly riots triggered by a territorial dispute with Beijing spooked foreign investors and the country's authoritarian leadership.

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