Binh made the remark at a regular press briefing held in capital Hanoi on Thursday while addressing inquiry for Vietnam's reaction over the protests in China's Hong Kong.

"Vietnam hopes government of Hong Kong will have appropriate measures to soon stabilize the situation, ensure safety of the life and property, as well as legal interests of Vietnamese nationals and enterprises in Hong Kong," said Binh.

After learning about the protests in Hong Kong, Vietnam's foreign ministry instructed Consulate of Vietnam in Hong Kong to implement suitable measures to ensure the safety of Vietnamese citizens who are living and working in the region, said the spokesperson.

"We warn that Vietnamese citizens should stay away from protest areas to avoid complicated situations," added Binh.

The illegal "Occupy Central" movement started off early Sunday morning at the Government Headquarters in Admiralty in downtown Hong Kong, followed by mass protests in Central, Causeway Bay and Mongkok, leading to serious traffic disruptions and school closures.

The Hong Kong government on Thursday urged protesters to put an end to the protests, as Occupy Central has caused increasingly serious impacts on people's livelihood, Hong Kong's economy and even government operations.

Xinhua Agency - October 2, 2014


Ministry asks Vietnamese to avoid Hong Kong protest areas

For safety reasons, Vietnamese citizens should not visit areas of Hong Kong where demonstrations are taking place, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised.

The advisory was released by the ministry’s spokesman, Le Hai Binh, at a press conference in Hanoi on Thursday.

Immediately after getting information about the ongoing demonstrations in Hong Kong, the ministry directed the Vietnamese Consulate General in the territory to take proper measures to ensure the safety of Vietnamese citizens there, Binh said.

In order to avoid any problems, Vietnamese people should avoid protest sites, he added.

In reply to question about Vietnam’s stance on Hong Kong’s on-going pro-democracy demonstrations, spokesman Binh said this is an “internal affair of China.”

He said that Vietnam hopes the Hong Kong government will find appropriate solutions to recover stability and security and ensure safety for Vietnamese citizens, as well as their property there, Binh said.

Hong Kong's leader, Leung Chun-ying, on late Thursday told pro-democracy protesters that he had no intention of stepping down, Reuters reported Friday.

He also warned them that the consequences of occupying government buildings would be serious.

Leung, speaking just minutes before an ultimatum for him to resign expired, also said that Chief Secretary Carrie Lam would hold a meeting with students soon to discuss political reforms, according to Reuters.

Tuoi Tre News - October 3, 2014