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PHL-China joint oil exploration in West PhilippineSea, more beneficial than Malampaya joint venture – DFA

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

MANILA. Philippines — It was in 1986 when the plan for a joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea was first raised between Chairman Deng Xiaoping and former President Corazon Aquino.

The project did not push through because the Constitution that time was newly revised.

Also, the plan was halted by decades of government transitions.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said that since the issue is now surfacing, he assures that the project will adhere with the provisions of the law.
“The Philippines will take a very conservative approach. Meaning we will interpret the provisions of the Constitution to be restrictive and to be beneficial to the Filipino people,” he said.

Cayetano did not mention any detail regarding his negotiation with China and there are no formal talks yet between the two countries about the issue.

What he mentioned from his talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was the possibility of creating a framework for a possible agreement.

“So we’re exploring if we can explore, right? It’s like a casual relationship, not an intimate one. It’s like we’re on a getting-to-know-stage or if there’s hope to push through with the project,” he said.

Cayetano believes it will take a long time to possibly realize a joint exploration in West Philippine Sea, taking into consideration a possible destabilization among South East Asian countries that also claim portions of the territory. — Macky Libradilla | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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China to probe far side of moon this year

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Animations of lunar probe orbiting Moon (Courtesy of China Central Television (CCTV)

China plans to probe the far side of the Moon starting from the end of 2018, according to the country’s space scientists.

The far-side lunar probe will use Chang’e-4 for a soft landing and start researches, said Bao Weimin, director of the technology department under the China Aerospace Science and Technology.

As the Moon’s rotation period is equal to its revolution period, which is called as synchronous rotation by scientists, there is always one side of the Moon facing away from the Earth, known as the far side.

Therefore, contacts cannot be made from the Earth to Chang’e-4. To ensure the smooth communication, scientists will first launch another satellite to relay the information sent by Chang’e-4 to the Earth. — Reuters

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China makes full preparation for worst: spokesman

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2018

China has made full preparation for the worst in the face of possible new round of restrictions imposed by the United States, Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng said at a press conference in Beijing on Thursday.

Gao made the remarks in response to a report saying that the U.S. government is considering to use an emergency act to impose new restrictions on Chinese investments and curb its acquisitions of sensitive technologies.

“We have noted related comments from the U.S. side. What I wish to stress is that China resolutely opposes all forms of unilateralism and protectionism. Over the years, Chinese enterprises have made important contributions to increasing domestic employment in the U.S. and boosting the U.S. economic development,” said Gao.

Gao added that due to the uncertainty of investment environment, some enterprises have slowed their investment in the U.S., or even dropped their investment plans in the country, giving up the market.

“We hope the U.S. side should do more things that go with the law of economic development and conform to the trend of world economic development, which will be truly conducive to the long-term stable development of itself and the global economy. As for the comments from the U.S. side, China will not only listen to what they say but also observe what they do. In the manner of bottom-line thinking, we have made full preparation for the worst,” said Gao. — Reuters

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PH-Kuwait agreement on OFW protection to push through amid rift – Cayetano

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait

SINGAPORE – Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has assured that the signing of the bilateral agreement between the Philippines and Kuwait will push through despite the recent setback in the two countries’ diplomatic relations.

Cayetano said it is likely to happen by middle of May this year.

“In fact they are following up on the signing as well as Secretary Bello. We will try to have the signing of the agreement here in the Philippines before Ramadan,” Cayetano said upon his arrival to Singapore to attend the 32nd ASEAN Summit.

The agreement covers protection for Filipino household and skilled workers in Kuwait and a number of privileges such as the use of communication gadget, the right of OFWs to keep their passports and employment documents and to ask the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) the opportunity to choose an employer in case of unfavorable working conditions.

However, Cayetano couldn’t confirm if the agreement has provisions on whether or not the Philippines will lift its deployment ban of workers in Kuwait.

Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti government is yet to respond to the apology sent by Cayateno over the rescue of distressed OFWs by the Philippine Embassy staff which led to Kuwait’s expulsion of Ambassador Renato Pedro Villa.

Cayateno, however, said Villa will still stay in Kuwait to carry on with assisting our compatriots in need of embassy assistance.

The Secretary also confirmed the arrest of the drivers of the rescue team. However, he is confident of their release as they were just hired by the embassy. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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