Vietnam is considering taking China to international court to try to resolve an increasingly dangerous dispute over contested waters in the resource-rich South China Sea.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told Reuters that Vietnam was contemplating measures that could include legal action, writes Demetri Sevastopulo in Hong Kong.
Ernie Bowers, a southeast Asia expert at CSIS, said Hanoi was "seriously considering" following in the footsteps of Manila by bringing a case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague.
"They are seriously considering it. I'd put it at 75 per cent probability at this point," said Mr Bowers, who is familiar with the debate in the Vietnamese government over whether to proceed.
China and Vietnam have longstanding territorial disputes over the South China Sea, and particularly the Paracel Islands. But tensions have escalated dramatically over the past three weeks after China moved a huge deep-sea rig to the area and started drilling for energy resources for the first time.
越南总理阮晋勇(Nguyen Tan Dung)告诉路透社(Reuters)，越南正考虑各种措施，可能包括采取法律行动。
美国智库——国际战略研究中心(Center for Strategic and International Studies)东南亚事务专家欧内斯特?鲍尔斯(Ernest Bowers)表示，越南正“认真考虑”仿效菲律宾的做法，将中国告上海牙常设仲裁法庭(Permanent Court of Arbitration)。