​Vietnam expels 52 Chinese for running online shopping site on tourist visas

The group were caught trading products via an online shopping website based in China while staying at a hotel in northern Vietnam

The Kim Hoang Hotel in the northern Vietnamese province of Quang Ninh, where the 52 Chinese nationals were staying. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A total of 52 Chinese nationals have been expelled from Vietnam after being caught running online shopping activities whilst in the country on tourist visas.

The immigration office under the Department of Police in the northern province of Quang Ninh confirmed on Tuesday that they had forced 52 Chinese nationals out of Vietnam via the Mong Cai Border Gate.

The group were charged for operating online shops while in the country on tourist visas.

According to the case file, officers carried out an examination of the immigration procedures of 52 Chinese nationals, including 46 men and six women, who were staying at the Kim Hoang Hotel in Tra Co Ward, Mong Cai City.

Following the investigation, relevant authorities discovered that the foreigners had come to Vietnam on a tourist visa.

However, they were in possession of 40 laptops and 25 desktop computers used to trade products via Taobao, an online shopping website based in China.

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