The Quang Ninh Province police have coordinated with their counterparts in China’s Guangxi Province to arrest three Chinese men for allegedly abducting a Vietnamese man last November.
The men, all aged 26-32, were arrested near Qinzhou Port in China where they had held the victim, Pham Van Phuong, in a container, the police said Thursday.
According to investigators, on November 27 Phuong and a friend were having dinner at a restaurant in Quang Ninh’s Mong Cai town when the trio forced them into Phuong’s car and drove to China.
They released Phuong’s friend and left the car near the border after finding out he was Chinese.
Phuong was released on December 2.
The three Chinese told the police they had taken VND30 million (US$1,355) from Phuong and held him for ransom.
Phuong told them that he had done business with a Chinese partner, identified only as Quy, who owed him around VND3.5 billion.
After failing to get the money from him, Phuong had hired some Chinese men, including one of the kidnappers, to help find Quy.
But he was unable to pay them after failing to get the money from Quy.
The police in the two countries are coordinating for further investigations.