Vietnam PM Says Considering Legal Action Against China Over Disputed Waters
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said his government was considering various “defence options” against China, including legal action, following the deployment of a Chinese oil rig to disputed waters in the South China Sea. Dung’s comments, given in a written response to questions from Reuters, are the first time he has suggested Vietnam would take legal measures, a threat likely to infuriate Beijing. Dung said in an email sent while on a visit to Manila late on Wednesday, “Vietnam is considering various defence options, including legal actions in accordance with international law.”
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