Philippines says lifting South China Sea oil exploration moratorium a unilateral move

MANILA/BEIJING (Oct 16): The Philippines energy secretary said on Friday the government’s decision to lift a six-year-old moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea was a unilateral move, as China said it hoped the nations could work together on projects. Alfonso Cusi also told a media briefing the move will not affect a memorandum of understanding between the two countries on a possible joint development in the disputed waters. President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted the moratorium, imposed in 2014 due to a territorial dispute with China, paving the way for three projects to…

China’s global fishing dominance, unmatched in size and reach

More than a hundred kilometres from shore, near the coast of West Africa, I accompanied marine police officers from Gambia as they arrested 15 foreign ships for labour violations and illegal fishing over the course of a week in 2019. All but one of the vessels arrested were from China. At the beginning of that same year, during a month-long voyage on a toothfish longliner headed into Antarctic waters from Punta Arenas, Chile, the only other ships we passed were a dozen rusty Chinese purse seiners that looked barely seaworthy.…

China hopes to work with Philippines on South China Sea energy projects

Reuters Posted at Oct 16 2020 03:56 PM BEIJING – China hopes it can work together with the Philippines in jointly developing energy projects in the South China Sea, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily briefing on Friday. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted a moratorium on petroleum exploration in the South China Sea, paving the way for three projects to resume, including a possible joint venture with China. More details to follow. ANC, ANC Top, South China Sea, West Philippine sea, joint exploration, Rodrigo Duterte, joint venture …

What do you think? – Manila Bulletin

THROUGH UNTRUE Fr. Rolando V. dela Rosa, O.P.  Do you know that the constant flapping of a butterfly’s wings can cause a powerful typhoon elsewhere? According to chaos theory, seemingly insignificant and random happenings can have earthshaking effects. If the theory is correct, then even our most randomly stupid decisions may have caused all the maladies afflicting us and our country today. History has shown that the destiny of individuals and nations was sometimes determined, not by elaborate plans and decisions, but by little acts of stupidity, like Adam and…

The Chinese fleet, the world’s largest, accused of spearheading decline in once-abundant squid stocks

More than a hundred kilometres from shore, near the coast of West Africa, I accompanied marine police officers from Gambia as they arrested 15 foreign ships for labour violations and illegal fishing over the course of a week in 2019. All but one of the vessels arrested were from China. At the beginning of that same year, during a month-long voyage on a toothfish longliner headed into Antarctic waters from Punta Arenas, Chile, the only other ships we passed were a dozen rusty Chinese purse seiners that looked barely seaworthy.…

Philippines, China seek to jointly develop energy projects in South China Sea, World News

The Philippines government on Friday lifted the moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea amid talks with China over the disputed region. Also Read: China protests US Navy’s ‘provocative actions’ in South China Sea Philippines had stopped drilling in the disputed waters in 2014, however, President Rodrigo Duterte began talks with China two years ago to jointly explore in the South China Sea. “Now that the moratorium is lifted, I’m sure that will expedite the discussions,” Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said: “China…

COA questions ‘validity and propriety’ of Land Titling Computerization Project

The Commission on Audit has questioned the “validity and propriety” of the Land Titling Computerization Project (LTCP) of the Land Registration Authority (LRA)that lacked approval of the President and allegedly deprived the government an estimated P3.12 billion in possible income. COA has questioned the  Build-Own-Operate Agreement  (BOO) for the implementation of the LTCP that has so far earned for the private partner of the LRA some P21 billion in just 10 years. The audit agency’s observations are contained in the recently-released  2019 LRA annual audit report submitted to LRA Administrator Renato…

Taiwan says Hong Kong warned off flight to Taiwan-controlled island

TAIPEI, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Hong Kong air traffic controllers on Thursday warned off a Taiwanese civilian flight flying to Taiwan-controlled islands in the South China Sea, forcing it to turn back, the island’s government said. The incident, which comes at a time of rising regional tensions, occurred as a UNI Air charter flight from southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung to the Pratas Islands was approaching Hong Kong’s flight information region, Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration said. Hong Kong air traffic controllers told the captain there were “dangerous activities” happening below 26,000 feet…

Suga to push defense in visits to Vietnam, Indonesia

Japan’s new leader aims to beef up security ties when he visits Vietnam and Indonesia next week amid concerns about Beijing’s growing assertiveness, but he is likely to steer clear of the harsh anti-China rhetoric used by his US counterparts. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, whose resume is scant on diplomatic experience, is following in predecessor Shinzo Abe’s footsteps by making the two Southeast Asian nations the destination for his first overseas trip since taking office in last month. “I think it is important to show … we put more…