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    » 03/15/2005, 00.00

    CHINA-PHILIPPINES-VIETNAM

    Beijing, Manila and Hanoi strike deal over Spratleys' oil



    Manila (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The China National Offshore Oil Corporation, Philippine National Oil and Vietnam Oil & Gas have agreed to conduct a seismic survey of the Spratly Islands, a group of 100 reefs and islets located in the South China Sea.

    The survey is scheduled to last three years and should determine whether there are any oil and gas reserves in the area, Eduardo Manalac, president of state-owned Philippine National Oil, said.

    Mr Manalac said the companies involved, which have already cooperated in the past, were still working out the budget for the pre-exploration activity, but that it would be shared equally. He described the agreement as a purely "commercial transaction that has no reference to political claims or territorial rights".

    A spokesman for Filipino President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo hailed the deal as "a model-setting approach on the South China Sea issue and on forging partnerships on energy security".

    The area is claimed by China, Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia.

    Mainland China and Vietnam, both of which have built permanent structures in the Spratlys, clashed over the islands in 1988 and 1992.

    Last week, the Philippines and Vietnam announced plans to conduct scientific research in the waters around the islands next month. The move was criticised for not respecting the principles enshrined in the ASEAN declaration on the South China Sea signed two years ago that forbids construction on the islands.

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    Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia find common ground against Beijing's "imperialism"
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    20/07/2011 ASEAN – PHILIPPINES – CHINA
    Spratly Islands: no agreement at ASEAN summit as Philippines flexes its muscles
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    18/06/2014 VIETNAM - CHINA - UN

    Top Chinese diplomat in Vietnam for talks to ease tensions in South China Sea 

    Yang Jiechi is in Vietnam for talks with high officials in Hanoi; he is expected to meet with Vietnamese Prime Minister and the general secretary of the Communist Party. It is the highest-level direct contact since the oil rig was moved on 2 May. Beijing hopes to have a "frank and deep exchange of opinions”. But still holds plans for expansion on disputed islands.




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    For some, Mgr Ma’s blog post praising the Patriotic Association and acknowledging his mistakes is nothing but “dirt”. For others, he chose humiliation for the “sake of his diocese”. Many wonder why the Holy See has remained silent about the article’s content and the bishop’s persecution. Some suspect the Vatican views the episode in positive terms. Yet, the Ma Daqin affair raises a major question. Has Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics (which describes the Patriotic Association as “incompatible with Catholic doctrine”) been abolished? If it has, who did it? A journey of compromises without truth is full of risks.


    CHINA – VATICAN
    Mgr Ma Daqin: the text of his “confession”

    Mons. Taddeo Ma Daqin

    Four years after quitting the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the bishop of Shanghai “admits” his faults on his blog, praising the organisation that controls the Church. We publish his article, almost in its entirety. Translation by AsiaNews.


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