Duterte Refuses to Call Out China on Benham Rise Intrusion

President Rodrigo Duterte has refused to call out China despite the latter’s insistence that the Philippines cannot claim Benham Rise, which was already awarded by the UN in 2012. Chinese ships were earlier spotted, forcing defense officials to come up with a plan to build a base and send regular patrols in the area. Duterte insisted that sovereignty issues should not be discussed at the moment as he is expecting billions of Chinese investments...

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