Philippines Abandons Joint Energy Exploration Talks with China

“The president had spoken ... oil and gas discussions are terminated completely. Nothing is pending; everything is over,” the Philippines’ outgoing foreign minister said of talks over joint energy exploration between his country and China.

Reuters

The Philippines’ outgoing foreign minister said on June 23 that talks over joint energy exploration between his country and China in the South China Sea had been terminated, citing constitutional constraints and issues of sovereignty.

The two countries have sparred for decades over maritime sovereignty and had since 2018 pledged to jointly explore oil and gas assets in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), despite China also laying claim to them.

“We got as far as it is constitutionally possible to go. One step forward from where we stood on the edge of the abyss is a drop into constitutional crisis,” Teodoro Locsin said in a speech.

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