Workers on a Chinese oil rig in the South China Sea. The Philippine Supreme Court ruled that allowing state-owned companies from China and Vietnam to explore for oil was unconstitutional. Photo: Xinhua
Workers on a Chinese oil rig in the South China Sea. The Philippine Supreme Court ruled that allowing state-owned companies from China and Vietnam to explore for oil was unconstitutional. Photo: Xinhua

South China Sea: Philippine court voids joint China-Vietnam-Philippines oil exploration pact

  • The court ruled that allowing state-owned oil companies of China, Vietnam to undertake oil exploration in Philippine waters violated the constitution
  • A joint oil search of 142,886 square km of sea, including waters claimed by the Philippines as part of its territory, had followed the 2005 agreement

Workers on a Chinese oil rig in the South China Sea. The Philippine Supreme Court ruled that allowing state-owned companies from China and Vietnam to explore for oil was unconstitutional. Photo: Xinhua
Workers on a Chinese oil rig in the South China Sea. The Philippine Supreme Court ruled that allowing state-owned companies from China and Vietnam to explore for oil was unconstitutional. Photo: Xinhua
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