UP expert fears misuse of Benham
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The Philippines officially allowed Chinese scientists to survey ocean currents in the country’s northeastern seaboard—but it is also possible for data gathered from a scientific expedition to be used for military purposes, a maritime law expert said Wednesday. Professor and director of the University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea Jay Batongbacal warned that the climate-focused research findings can be used for “some kind of military strategic advantage.” “The data about currents can really be beneficial because you can gain knowledge of the weather and better predict La Niña and El Niño and prepare for disasters,” he said in a mix of Filipino and English at a roundtable discussion Wednesday.
Fabunan, S. S. D. (2018, February 1). UP expert fears misuse of Benham. Manila Standard, pp. A1, A2.
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Expeditions; Military operations; International law; Law of the sea; Disputes; Territorial waters; Research; Data; Current data; Ocean currents; Surveys; Aerial surveys; Fishing vessels; Foreign fishing; Fishing rights; The Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS); Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea; Institute of Oceanology Chinese Academy of Science; Chinese Coast Guard; Batongbacal, Jay; Nato, Isagani
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