Pinas, Tsina may ‘initial discussion’ na sa WPS joint oil exploration

Pinas, Tsina may ‘initial discussion’ na sa WPS joint oil exploration

September 6, 2022 @ 9:11 AM 3 weeks ago

MANILA, Philippines – Nasa “initial and general discussions” pa lamang ang Pilipinas at China hinggil sa posibleng joint oil at gas exploration sa West Philippine Sea (WPS).

Sinabi ng Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) na hindi pa ito umuusad sa “working-level talks.”

Ang nasabing paksa ayon sa DFA ay tinalakay sa naging pagbisita nina China State Councilor at Foreign Minister Wang Yi at International Department Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Minister Liu Jianchao noong buwan ng Hulyo at Agosto.

“The official talks have not gone beyond initial discussions, which were done during the visits,” ayon sa departamento.

Ang posibleng joint exploration ay nabanggit ng China sa Pilipinas na para sa huli ay “open to restarting negotiations” as long as discussions “fall within limits stipulated in the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines.”

Hangad naman ng administrasyong Marcos ang “build on the gains that have been reached in principle by our predecessors” under a new and mutually-agreeable framework.

“The Philippines approaches these matters with our national interest in mind, embodied in the Philippine Constitution. All our endeavors on this issue will respect international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the 2016 Arbitration Award,” ayon sa DFA.

Itinatwa ng DFA ang ulat na hangad ng China na magkaroon ng 50-50 profit sharing sa nasabing joint project.

“As we are still in the initial stages, it is too early to discuss profit sharing at this point,” anito.

Sa ngayon, patuloy ang DFA na “explore all avenues of cooperation” that could be mutually beneficial.

“This matter only comprises one aspect of Philippines-China relations; as such, the Department will continue to coordinate with the concerned national agencies and our Chinese counterparts on developing our relations,” ayon pa rin sa DFA. Kris Jose