More Chinese island-building? Rody relies on 'good faith'
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President Duterte is relying on China’s “good faith” that it would not embark on new reclamation activities in the South China Sea and West Philippine Sea in the face of renewed concerns sparked by Beijing’s launching of a large dredging vessel. In remarks before military officials and veterans of the Marawi battle, Duterte said he hoped China could be trusted to keep its word that it would not build new islands in disputed waters or in areas within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ). China recently launched what it described as a “magic island-maker” vessel, triggering speculations that it would be used to reclaim Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.
Romero, A., & Laude J. (2017, November 8). More Chinese island-building? Rody relies on 'good faith'. The Philippine Star, pp. 1, 10.
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Military operations; Exclusive economic zone; Fishing grounds; International law; Law of the sea; International cooperation; Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC); Philippine Navy; Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA); Department of National Defense (DND); Duterte, Rodrigo; Cayetano, Allan Peter; Roque, Harry; Lorenzana, Delfin; Andolong, Arsenio; Xi, Jinping
- The Philippine Star