Vietnam is determined to safeguard its national sovereignty and will not yield to any threat, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told his constituents on July 2.
The PM, who is also an elected lawmaker, made his remarks during a meeting with his constituents in the northern city of Hai Phong to inform them of the outcome of the recently-completed bi-annual session of the National Assembly, Vietnam's legislature.
PM Dung said China’s illegal deployment of the Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig into Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone in May has hampered the country’s socio-economic development and negatively affected Vietnam-China relations by threatening the peace, stability and security in the region.
But Vietnam has remained firm and patient in protecting its maritime sovereignty through diplomatic and communication channels and patrol activities around the rig, he added.
Vietnam has the support of the international community, he said.
Several countries around the world have raised their voices to back Vietnam’s just struggle and condemned China ’s violations of international law, he said, adding that no country has so far voiced support for China ’s deeds in the East Sea , internationally known as the South China Sea.
The Party and State are urgently preparing a legal dossier to file suit against China, he said.
The country will continue to promote trade and investment activities with China insofar as they mutually benefit both sides, he added.