Phl to China: Explain ship in Benham Rise
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The Philippines – through its ambassador to Beijing Jose Santiago Santa Romana – has officially asked China to explain the reported presence of one of its vessels in Benham Rise in the Pacific, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday. DFA spokesman Charles Jose yesterday said that they are still awaiting the Chinese response through official channels, but cited the media statement of the Chinese foreign ministry regarding the matter. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang confirmed the reported presence of its ship in eastern Philippines last year but maintained that it was simply exercising its freedom of navigation.
Mateo, J. (2017, March 12). Phl to China: Explain ship in Benham Rise. The Philippine Star, pp. 1, 5.
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Navigation; Satellites; Monitoring; Mineral deposits; Continental shelves; Territorial waters; Disputes; Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS); United Nations (UN); University of the Philippines; Santa Romana, Jose Santiago; Jose, Charles; Geng, Shuang; Lorenzana, Delfin
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