Duterte backed into corner over SCS

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has proposed a joint venture with China and Vietnam to explore for oil and gas in disputed waters of the South China Sea
By The Wildcat 26 May 2017
Production from Malampaya will be depleted by 2024. (Shell)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has controversially invited China to jointly explore for oil and gas in disputed waters that almost led to conflict between the two countries in 2012.

It is another in a series of foreign policy surprises from Duterte, which has included a ‘break-up’ with the United States and threats to withdraw from the UN over criticism of his war on drugs. 

However, cooperation with China – and potentially Vietnam – for the exploration of oil and gas resources within the Philippine exclusive economic...

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