BEIJING China and the Philippines do not and will not have a dispute over Benham Rise, China’s International Ministry reported on Thursday, referring to a vast place the United Nations has declared to be portion of the Philippines’ continental shelf.
Before this thirty day period the Philippine protection minister reported he believed China had executed survey missions deep into the Southeast Asian nation’s two hundred nautical mile special economic zone in the Benham Rise, which sits off the Philippines’ east coastline.
China has already dismissed those people problems, declaring its ships were simply just passing through the waters there.
In a even more statement carried on its web site, China’s International Ministry reported the complete problem had been “hyped up”.
“China entirely respects the Philippines’ maritime place legal rights over the Benham Rise. On this stage, there has not been, is not at the minute and will not be a dispute concerning China and the Philippines,” the ministry reported.
China and the Philippines had worked really hard over the previous calendar year to increase relations, and China set good store on this, it extra.
China would continue on to dedicate itself to “correctly dealing with” maritime issues, the ministry reported.
China is having said that concerned in a dispute with the Philippines over ownership of islands in the South China Sea, even as each international locations have radically improved relations considering the fact that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took place of work last calendar year.
Duterte reported earlier in the day he dependable China would not create everything on a person of the disputed areas, Scarborough Shoal, because he was presented its “word of honor” and Beijing would not want to jeopardize a new friendship.
China statements most of the power-wealthy South China Sea through which about $five trillion in ship-borne trade passes just about every calendar year. Neighbors Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have statements.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard Modifying by Nick Macfie)