China Says Philippines Can’t Claim Benham Rise as Its Own Territory Despite UN Ruling
It wasn’t too long ago when the Philippines scored a legal victory when the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) — an international tribunal based in The Hague, Netherlands — backed its claim in the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea.
China also seems to be interested in the resource-rich “Benham Rise”.
The Philippines has started exploring the area.
It's a David vs. Goliath scene when China's ships are in Philippine waters.
If it's that close to the Philippines, how can anyone else claim it?
China says the 9-dash-line isn't fixed and could extend to other areas.
Why is China interested in the Benham Rise?
Benham Rise's underwater attractions alone is priceless.
The Benham Rise boasts of abundant corals.
Filipinos want China to stay out of the country's territory.
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