13 Jun '11, 6pm

Manila renames South China Sea as 'West Philippine Sea' Vietnam claiming rights as well. China will not use force #TCOT

Manila renames South China Sea as 'West Philippine Sea' Vietnam claiming rights as well. China will not use force #TCOT

MANILA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino's office said on Monday it was renaming the South China Sea as the "West Philippine Sea", as tensions with Beijing mount over the disputed area. The Philippines and China, along with Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam have competing claims to areas of the South China Sea, most importantly the Spratly Islands that are believed to sit on vast oil and gas resources. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the foreign affairs and defence departments recently began using the term West Philippine Sea instead of the South China Sea, and the president's office had decided to follow suit. "It is incumbent on us to take the cue from them and to refer to South China Sea as West Philippine Sea," he said. Lacierda pointed out other countries had similar practices. "All the other nations call the South China Sea based on how they perceive...

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