Philip­pine, Viet­nam lead­ers dis­cuss dis­puted sea bound­aries

Malta Independent - - World -

Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has dis­cussed with Viet­nam’s leader ef­forts by their coun­tries to de­lin­eate their mar­itime bound­aries in the dis­puted South China Sea, most of which is claimed by China. Duterte said Fri­day, with­out elab­o­rat­ing, that he told Viet­namese Prime Min­is­ter Nguyen Xuan Phuc in a meet­ing in In­done­sia that such bound­ary talks may take longer be­cause the Philip­pines is still es­tab­lish­ing its con­ti­nen­tal shelf limit, or the coun­try’s outermost bound­ary. Viet­nam ini­ti­ated the on-and-off talks years ago. Carl Thayer of the Univer­sity of New South Wales, Can­berra, says China will likely ob­ject to the talks be­cause Bei­jing claims all the land fea­tures and ad­ja­cent wa­ters in the strate­gic wa­ter­way where the Philip­pines and Viet­nam would de­fine their mar­itime bound­aries.

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