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Prompt action on protests taken: Vietnam to business leaders

Vietnam has assured business leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum in Manila that its government has taken prompt action against those behind last week's violent anti-China protests in Hanoi.

MANILA: Vietnam has assured business leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum in Manila that its government has taken prompt action against those behind last week's violent anti-China protests in Hanoi.

Vietnam's Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Vinh said the perpetrators will be severely punished and the situation is now stable.

He added that Vietnam may consider taking legal action against China.

Geopolitical tensions overshadowed discussions of economic and world leaders on the first day of the World Economic Forum, with Vietnam bringing to the international spotlight its condemnation of China's increasingly aggressive behaviour over the disputed territories in the South China Sea.

While stressing that Vietnam is striving for peace and stability in the region, its deputy foreign minister said Vietnam is considering filing legal action in accordance with international law against China, after Beijing deployed an oil rig in the disputed waters.

“The current situation in the South China Sea poses a serious danger to peace, stability, maritime security and safety and freedom of navigation in the area.

“We take all peaceful measures under international law to protect our maritime zone and sovereignty, he said.

Though he did not specify what form that legal action will take, Vietnam has been supportive of the Philippines' filing of an arbitration case before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea against China's "excessive" claim in the entire South China Sea. 

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