PH must zealously guard its sovereign interests in Benham Rise
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The military intelligence report that a Chinese research vessel has been seen prowling or exploring the waters of the national territory in Benham Rise off Luzon’s eastern coast is alarming and disturbing. Beijing has admitted that Chinese survey vessels explored the Benham Rise region off Aurora province last year, but said the vessels merely passed through international waters. The objective of achieving friendly and fruitful ties is sound and prudent. But the goal of protecting and ensuring Philippine sovereign rights over Benham Rise is vital and not negotiable.
PH must zealously guard its sovereign interests in Benham Rise. (2017, March 14). The Manila Times, p. A4.
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Military operations; Exclusive rights; Research vessels; International waters; Law of the sea; International waters; Deuterium; Natural gas; United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea; Continental shelves; Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS); United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); Oceana Philippines
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