WASHINGTON – The planned joint oil and gas exploration between Manila and Beijing in the West Philippine Sea is more advantageous to China, an influential defense think tank said.

RAND Corp. senior defense analyst Derek Grossman said in a meeting with visiting Filipino journalists that the planned joint activity would not work due to sovereign issues.

“The joint exploration for energy resources is probably not gonna work out. It will be on Beijing’s terms if anything. They tell you when, where and how to do it. It’s not gonna eventually lead to more Philippine sovereignty,” Grossman said.

Read more at https://www.philstar.com/business/2019/11/11/1967643/planned-joint-oil-gas-exploration-more-favorable-china#eJcKRoe7OMRIc5gJ.99

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