Govt letting China survey Benham Rise 'capitulation'
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The Duterte administration was accused on Tuesday by a lawmaker of accommodating the caprices of China in a reprise of what then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo did. “It can really be seen that [the government has] indeed capitulated. We are giving in to the whims of China,” Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano said on Tuesday. Alejano cited the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) granting Beijing’s request to survey Benham Rise as reminiscent of the Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking (JMSU) deal struck by the former leader with China during her presidency.
Villanueva, R. U. (2018, January 17). Govt letting China survey Benham Rise 'capitulation'. The Manila Times, p. A3.
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Governments; Surveys; Territorial waters; Military operations; Security; Economics; Exclusive economic zone; Disputes; United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea; Law of the sea; International law; Marine environment; Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); ZTE Corp.; Institute of Oceanology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UPMSI); Tara Expeditions Foundation; United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); United Nations (UN); Alejano, Gary; Casilao, Ariel; Cayetano, Alan Peter; Arroyo, Gloria
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