Palace: Any energy deal must be with Chinese company, not Beijing

Any potential deal between Manila and Beijing on energy exploration in the West Philippines Sea should involve a Chinese company and not the Chinese government, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Thursday.   China claims most of the South China Sea, including waters in the West Philippine Sea---the 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone of the Philippines in the strategic waterway.   Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan also have overlapping claims in the South China Sea.   "We might enter into an agreement with a Chinese-owned corporation, not the Chinese state itself," Roque said in a television interview.   Negotiations between the...Keep on reading: Palace: Any energy deal must be with Chinese company, not Beijing

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