A reef in the South China Sea, where the Philippines and China have overlapping claims. Photo: AFP

Officials from Philippines, China to meet on stalled South China Sea joint oil exploration deal: senator

  • Foreign affairs and energy officials from Beijing and Manila are looking to break the impasse on the deal, according to Senator Sherwin Gatchalian
  • Negotiations had foundered over which country’s laws should govern exploration activities in the Reed Bank, where they have overlapping claims
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A reef in the South China Sea, where the Philippines and China have overlapping claims. Photo: AFP
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Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles has written for the SCMP since 1996. A freelance journalist specialising in politics, international relations, business and Muslim rebellion, she has contributed to Reuters, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Daily Mail, Times of London, Radio Netherlands and Asiaweek. She runs the award-winning investigative and opinion blog, raissarobles.com. Her book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, a brief history of the dictatorship won the 2017 National Book Awards for Non-Fiction. Her Twitter handle is @raissawriter.