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Alejano: Why let China do research in PH waters, Benham Rise?
« on: January 11, 2018, 10:39:44 PM »
Alejano: Why let China do research in PH waters, Benham Rise?

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano claims the Department of Foreign Affairs approved China's request to do scientific research in Benham Rise and other areas while rejecting a similar request from a French think tank

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Published 9:25 AM, January 12, 2018
Updated 9:26 AM, January 12, 2018

https://www.rappler.com/nation/193451-benham-rise-exploration-china-philippines

MANILA, Philippines – “So, why China?”

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano on Friday, January 12, blasted the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for supposedly approving the request for Chinese nationals to conduct marine scientific research in Philippine waters, including Benham Rise.

At the same time, Alejano claimed, the DFA rejected a request from a France-based organization to hold its own research in the same general area. (FAST FACTS: What you should know about Benham Rise)

“We should be careful and prudent in granting any access to our waters especially with China who is known to claim 80% of our EEZ in South China Sea through its expansive 9-dash line,” the lawmaker and former Marine said in a statement to media. (READ: PH can't say Benham Rise is theirs, China argues)

Citing “information,” Alejano said the research would be conducted by the Institute of Oceanology of Chinese Academy of Sciences (IO-CAS).

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