Filipino protesters hold placards during a rally outside the Chinese consular office in Manila on July 12. The demonstration marked the fifth anniversary of the country’s victory at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in favour of the Philippines’ claims in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA-EFE Filipino protesters hold placards during a rally outside the Chinese consular office in Manila on July 12. The demonstration marked the fifth anniversary of the country’s victory at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in favour of the Philippines’ claims in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA-EFE
Filipino protesters hold placards during a rally outside the Chinese consular office in Manila on July 12. The demonstration marked the fifth anniversary of the country’s victory at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in favour of the Philippines’ claims in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA-EFE
Rommel C. Banlaoi
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Rommel C. Banlaoi

South China Sea: China, Philippines must renew push on oil and gas cooperation as pathway to peace

  • Progress on a 2018 agreement on joint exploration was hampered by the pandemic, but the lifting of a Philippine moratorium on such exploration should provide fresh impetus towards a mutually beneficial agreement

Filipino protesters hold placards during a rally outside the Chinese consular office in Manila on July 12. The demonstration marked the fifth anniversary of the country’s victory at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in favour of the Philippines’ claims in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA-EFE Filipino protesters hold placards during a rally outside the Chinese consular office in Manila on July 12. The demonstration marked the fifth anniversary of the country’s victory at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in favour of the Philippines’ claims in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA-EFE
Filipino protesters hold placards during a rally outside the Chinese consular office in Manila on July 12. The demonstration marked the fifth anniversary of the country’s victory at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in favour of the Philippines’ claims in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Rommel C. Banlaoi

Rommel C. Banlaoi

Rommel C. Banlaoi is president of the Philippine Association for Chinese Studies (PACS) and a member of the Board of Directors of the China-Southeast Asia Research Centre on the South China Sea (CSARC). He is a lecturer at the Department of International Studies, Miriam College, the Philippines and an adjunct professor at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS).