Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte discussed oil and gas developments with Rosneft executives while in Moscow last week. Photo: AFP

Philippines’ hopes for South China Sea exploration deal with Russia depend on Moscow’s ties to China, experts say

  • Duterte needs one eye on Beijing while dealing with Rosneft, observers say
  • Vanguard Bank partnership with Vietnam has set Moscow at odds with China
Topic |   The Philippines

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte discussed oil and gas developments with Rosneft executives while in Moscow last week. Photo: AFP
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Chinese survey ship HaiYang DiZhi 8. File photo: China Geological Survey

Vietnam demands Chinese oil exploration ship immediately leave its waters in South China Sea

  • The Haiyang Dizhi 8, which is accompanied by Chinese patrol vessels, has entered Vietnamese territory three times since July
  • Vietnam has ‘communicated with China’ and demanded that Beijing immediately withdraw the ship from its waters and ‘not repeat this action’
Topic |   South China Sea

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Chinese survey ship HaiYang DiZhi 8. File photo: China Geological Survey
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