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Philippines Weighs China Energy Deal in Disputed South China Sea

  • Any deal wouldn’t affect Philippine sovereignty: Cayetano
  • Duterte to bring up arbitration award at a later time
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Photographer: Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

The Philippines is considering potential ways to jointly develop oil and gas resources with China in a disputed part of the South China Sea, according to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.

Any joint ventures would conform to Philippine law and wouldn’t lead to the loss of Philippine territory, Cayetano told a House of Representatives hearing on Tuesday in Manila. Shortly afterward, he sought a closed-door meeting with legislators, citing national security.