China backs joint energy development with Philippines in disputed sea | Reuters

In a sign that the US continues to lose control over Philippines’ foreign policy, “China’s foreign minister on Tuesday said he supported the idea of joint energy ventures with the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea.

Wang Yi, on a two-day visit to Manila, made the remarks after President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said a partner had been found to develop oil fields and exploration and exploitation would restart this year.

The Energy Ministry on July 12 said drilling at the Reed Bank, suspended in 2014, might resume before year-end, and the government was preparing to offer new blocks to investors in bidding in December.

“In waters where there are overlapping maritime rights and interests, if one party goes for unilateral development, and the other party takes the same action, that might complicate the situation at sea,” Wang said.  (Reuters)

Wang visited the Philippines less than a year after President Rodrigo Duterte met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in China, and less than a month after Cayetano also went to China to meet with Wang.

“I hope that the two sides could make the decision so that the goodwill embodied by Mr Deng Xiaoping’s proposal 31 years ago could lead to fruition today and could benefit the people of both countries,” he said.

Cayetano on Tuesday also talked about Duterte’s statement on joint development with China.

Duterte made mention of the special relationship between China and Philippines during his State of the Nation address.

One thought on “China backs joint energy development with Philippines in disputed sea | Reuters”

  1. There are no “Disputed Island’s” in the South China Sea.

    The several military missions have agreed upon future military operations against Japan. The Three Great Allies expressed their resolve to bring unrelenting pressure against their brutal enemies by sea, land, and air. This pressure is already rising.
    The Three Great Allies are fighting this war to restrain and punish the aggression of Japan. They covet no gain for themselves and have no thought of territorial expansion. It is their purpose that Japan shall be stripped of all the islands in the Pacific which she has seized or occupied since the beginning of the first World War in 1914, and that all the territories Japan has stolen from the Chinese, such as Manchuria, Formosa, and The Pescadores, shall be restored to the Republic of China. Japan will also be expelled from all other territories which she has taken by violence and greed. The aforesaid three great powers, mindful of the enslavement of the people of Korea, are determined that in due course Korea shall become free and independent.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1943_Cairo_Declaration

    Unless you are a Treaty Breaker like the USA.

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