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New HK leader elected

New HK leader elected

Beijing favorite Carrie Lam was selected as Hong Kong’s new leader by a mainly pro-China committee yesterday in an election dismissed as a sham by democracy activists who fear the loss of the city’s cherished freedoms.

There should be no problem for the Philippines over Benham Rise to the east of Luzon. There we are the sole claimant and the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf ruled in 2012 that Benham Rise is part of the Extended Continental Shelf of the Philippines. It is not Philippine territory, we have no ”sovereignty” over it, but we have “sovereign rights” – exclusive rights to explore and exploit the oil, gas, and other mineral resources in that undersea plateau as big as the island of Luzon.

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Duterte to protect PH interests

President Duterte is determined to take the appropriate action to protect the country’s interest in the West Philippine Sea “at a time most fitting and advantageous” to Filipinos.

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The South China Sea has long been the center of our attention in this part of the world, because of the overlapping claims of several nations on parts of the maritime area. When new American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson came to Asia last week, however, it was to seek cooperation to meet the threat posed by North Korea not only to the surrounding countries but also to the US itself.

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Xi, Tillerson vow to work  toward closer US-China ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pledged in talks yesterday that the two powers would work to strengthen a relationship that has been unsettled by disputes over North Korea and trade.

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China said it fully respects the Philippines’ rights over the continental shelf in the Benham Rise located northeast of Luzon and that it will not challenge those rights.

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