What's going on in Benham Rise?
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The decision of the Duterte government to allow Chinese scientists to do research in Benham Rise, renamed Philippine Rise, a 13-million-hectare undersea region off the provinces of Isabela and Aurora has generated heated discussions layered with patriotism, nationalism, ignorance, sinophobia – all combined. In 2009, the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) declared that Benham Rise is part of the Philippine’s extended continental shelf (350 nautical miles from the shores). UNCLOS’s declaration gave the Philippines sovereign rights over the area but not sovereignty – the supreme right of the state to command obedience within the area.
Tordesillas, E. (2018, January 29). What's going on in Benham Rise?. Malaya Business Insight, p. B5.
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Governments; Continental shelves; Territorial waters; United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea; Law of the sea; International law; Exclusive rights; Navigation; Disputes; International waters; Research; Research vessels; Exclusive economic zone; Equatorial circulation; El Nino phenomena; Marine scientists; Coral reefs; Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS); United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UPMSI); Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS); Japan Agency for Marine Science and Technology (JAMSTEC); Korean Institute for Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST); Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST- PCAARRD); De La Salle University (DLSU); University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD); University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB); Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR); Department of Agriculture (DA); Philippine Navy (PN); Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB); Carpio, Antonio T.; Duterte, Rodrigo
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