DFA twice denied China's bid to explore Benham Rise
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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday bared it had rejected China’s request to conduct scientific research at Benham Rise twice and that the reported activity of Chinese survey ships in the area last year may not have had permission from the agency. Maria Lourdes Montero, acting executive director of the DFA Maritime and Ocean Affairs Office, said they received requests from China in 2015 and 2016 to be allowed to conduct marine research at Benham Rise off the coast of Aurora Province. Montero, during the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs hearing on the proposed creation of the Benham Rise Development Authority (BRDA), told senators the refusal to allow China from conducting research was based on the evaluation of the technical agencies that reviewed the application.
Antiporda, J. (2017, March 30). DFA twice denied China's bid to explore Benham Rise. The Manila Times, pp. A1, A2.
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Research vessels; Continental shelves; Navigation; Territorial waters; Disputes; Exclusive rights; Governments; Joint ventures; International cooperation; Law of the sea; Private sector; Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); Benham Rise Development Authority (BRDA); University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs and the Law of the Sea; Montero, Maria Lourdes; Gatchalian, Sherwin; Duterte, Rodrigo; Esperon, Hermogenes Jr.; Angara, Juan Edgardo; Batongbacal, Jay
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