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Chinese names for undersea features under fire

Chinese names for undersea features under fire

The Philippines keeps in mind informing the worldwide hydrographic body in order to ensure maritime survey, it also clearly conveyed its objection against the given name to China, according to spokesman Harry Roque Jr.

"China's proposals to rename some undersea features in the Philippines were submitted to SCUFN during its meetings in Brazil on October 12 to 16, 2015 and September 19 to 23, 2017", Roque said.

The Philippine government last week declared a freeze on all foreign explorations in Benham Rise, after several nationalist groups had protested when a Chinese research vessel was granted access to the vast but largely unexplored sea region.

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"But he is a complete coward and puppet vis a vis China by selling out cheap the sovereign rights of the Philippines and the Filipino people over the rich mineral and marine resources of the West Philippine Sea, Panatag Shoal and Benham Rise", he added.

Benham Rise lies on the other side of the archipelago from where Manila, Beijing, and four other governments have been locked in territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Senior Associate Justice Carpio pointed out the Philippines "has the preferential right to name undersea features" within its exclusive economic zone and extended continental shelf.

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Meanwhile, Magdalo Party-List Rep. Gary Alejano urged the Duterte administration to be more assertive and consistent in exercising the exclusive rights of the Philippines over the Benham Rise.

"The government must be resolute in asserting our rights and protecting our territory instead of downplaying threats of Chinese encroachment", Alejano said. They said China and Southeast Asian nations would begin negotiations early next month on a "code of conduct" aimed at reducing the risks of armed confrontations in the contested territories. "The audacity of China, to the extent of naming features found within our very own territory is reinforced by the passivity of the Duterte administration".

Batongbacal is director of the University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea.

The Philippines has insisted that foreign ships were allowed into the area, and that there had been as many as 30 foreign licenses granted to survey the area, including from the United States and China.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said he was not aware of the specific details but said the naming of such features was permitted.

"That is what I anticipate".

Batongbacal said the features were within 200 nautical miles of the east coast of Luzon, which means that these were within the "legal" continental shelf of the Philippines and that no claim process was needed.


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