PHILIPPINES: China Permitted to Conduct Maritime Research in Philippine Sea

On 15 January, President Rodrigo Duterte announced a decision to allow China to conduct scientific research at the Benham Rise, located in the Philippine Sea. Among concerns of maritime sovereignty in the area, China has invited Philippine scientists to join in the research in the coming two months. The Philippines also announced that other interested countries would be permitted access.  


[Kaylie Prieur, kaylie.prieur.ee@gmail.com]