What rising tensions in Asia mean for investors

China is asserting its territorial claims increasingly aggressively, angering its neighbours. Meanwhile Thailand is in turmoil. Is political risk rising in Asia? Matthew Partridge reports.

What’s happening in Vietnam?

China’s decision to build an oil rig in a part of the South China Sea claimed by Vietnam has led to riots in several provinces. While Chinese factories were the original focus of the anger, protestors also targeted other foreign-owned firms, including those from South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.

As Forbes’ Donald Kirk puts it, the disturbances seem to be “giving voice to a long litany of complaints against [...]

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