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Monday, March 13, 2017

CHINA: "THE PHILIPPINES CANNOT CLAIM 13MILLION HECTARES BENHAM RISE AS ITS OWN TERRITORY"









Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang holds a press briefing in Beijing. FMPRC/Released

"The Philippines cannot claim Benham Rise as its own territory despite it being part of the country's 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone, Beijing said.
In 2012, the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf approved the submission of the Philippines in 2009 with respect to the limits of its continental shelf in the Benham Rise region. This enables the Philippines to carry out exploration and development of natural resources in the area.
"But it does not mean that the Philippines can take it as its own territory," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a recent statement."
According to Philstar news


The BENHAM RISE, an undersea plateau has huge deposits of solid nodules of methane that could turn the country into a natural gas exporter. 
LEARN MORE HERE ABOUT BENHAM RISE
Benham Rise Expedition, Philippines 2016

Platinum deposits was also found and Japan believes it has the biggest deposit of platinum.
The region is also believed to be rich in deposits of natural gas and manganese nodules, which is vital in steel production, as well as in marine resources.



A new 13 million hectare area has been declared and approved by the United Nations to be part of the Philippine Territory. Currently, it is an undersea feature with depth of 40-2,000 meters and is rising. 
Estimated to be an island in a million years. Currently, it is known as a rich source of basalt.
The Benham Rise or more appropriately known as the Benham Plateau is a large undersea landmass, as big as the Philippines' largest island, Luzon. It is seismically active and is rising fast and may become an island in about a million years - a very short time for geological process.


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