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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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Philippines, China set to conduct second bilateral consultative mechanism next month

by UNTV NEWS   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

The Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA defended itself from allegations that it is not taking steps to stop China’s ongoing militarization of the West Philippine Sea.

Critics particularly refer to Beijing’s construction of military structures in the disputed territory, which they alleged, the DFA is not addressing.

Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said, “They are asking why there are many ships, whether coastguard or navy, near PAGASA, because the Chinese are just being sensitive that there should be no build up in the sandbars or in any features because there was an agreement that there should be no buildings.”

According to Cayetano, Philippines and China continue to discuss ways on how to resolve the dispute in a peaceful manner.

Manila and Beijing are set to tackle some sensitive information regarding the West Philippine Sea during their second bilateral consultation in February.

“All the issues, including the concerns of our fishermen, as well as how do we see the long-term: where we will be 5 years from now, 10 years, 15 years from now? If other countries are using militarization, how do you define militarization?” said Cayetano.

DFA noted the two countries may also discuss the possibility of joint exploration in the disputed waters.

“There are samples around the world where there were disputed areas and an agreement had been reached allowing both countries access. That was because they dealt with sovereignty rights or economic rights,” said the DFA secretary.  — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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Bus ends up in river after car crashes into it

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, January 8th, 2018

 

A bus on Wednesday plunged into a river after it lost control in a head-on collision with an oncoming SUV in Changzhou City, East China’s Jiangsu Province.

Four passengers on board the bus were lightly injured in the accident, according to local authorities.

The No. 111 bus, which was en route its daily commute when the accident happened, was severely damaged, with its windscreen breaking into pieces.

Staff from the public transportation company owning the bus recalled the horrific moment when the SUV expectedly drove into the opposite lane where the bus was driving at normal speed and hit it.

“We were driving from west to east at normal speed. Then the white car suddenly ran into our bus. The impact force from the car pushed us into the river. It was rainy and the road was slippery. We couldn’t stop the bus, and ended up like this,” said Zhou Xiaolong, Manager, the No.3 Bus Company.

Both the drivers and two passengers on the bus were lightly injured. The drivers have been discharged from hospital after receiving treatments while the two passengers are still under observation at the hospital.

“With a ‘swoop’ we fell into the river. [The water] was up to my shoulder as we all sat in the bus, actually if we stood up, the water should be around the waist,” Zhang Xiancheng, one of the injured passengers.

“I was looking at my phone when I heard the sound of the crash, then the bus plunged towards the river. We fell into the river before I could even react to what happened,” Shi Yiming, an injured passenger.

Both injured passengers are in stable condition, said doctors, adding that one of the two could sustain fracture in ribs while another one sustaining bruises in the chest.

Police said that the accident was caused by the SUV after it veered into the opposite lane, with the present they are investigating if the car driver was driving under the influence. — Reuters

 

 

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Tourists in Harbin, China are enjoying spectacular works of art made of ice

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, January 5th, 2018

The 34th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival and the third China International Ice and Snow Tourism Summit officially opened on Friday in Harbin, capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang province.

The festival mainly features ice and snow-themed scenic spots such as the world’s largest ice and snow park and a snow sculpture art expo as well as diverse ice and snow sports and entertainments.

The China International Ice and Snow Tourism Summit released a Chinese ice and snow tourism consumers big data report.

According to a China tourism academy study on the top ten Chinese ice and snow tourism cities and ice and snow festivals between 2016 and 2017, the city of Harbin and the 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival both topped the lists.

Statistics show that during the 33rd ice and snow festival the number of tourists received by Harbin stood at 18.49 million, up 12.2 percent year on year. — Reuters

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