Chinese ships allowed to survey Philippine territory: Duterte

Chinese ships allowed to survey Philippine territory: DutertePhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he had agreed to allow Chinese surveillance ships into Filipino waters, contradicting his defence minister who described their presence as “very concerning”. Duterte also told reporters he did not want to have a “fight” with China over Benham Rise — waters recognised by the United Nation as indisputably Philippine territory — partly because he wanted Chinese economic help. “They have no incursion because we have an agreement,” Duterte told reporters when asked about the reported presence of Chinese surveillance ships at Benham Rise.



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