The Philippines challenged China’s claims to much of the South China Sea at a United Nations tribunal yesterday, seeking to check its neighbor’s push for control of disputed waters rich in oil, gas and fish.
Dame Margaret Anstee grew accustomed to accusations that she was a prostitute and to being mistaken for her male deputy’s secretary. She doesn’t hold it against anyone: There weren’t many women diplomats at the United Nations when she started work there in 1952.
Petroliam Nasional Bhd., Malaysia’s state oil company, will sign an agreement to sell 10 percent of its liquefied natural gas project in Canada to an Indian company on March 7, its chief executive officer said.
The Philippines is “very close” to completing an agreement to boost the number of U.S. troops allowed into the country at a time of growing tension over territorial disputes with China, President Benigno Aquino said.
The Philippines summoned China’s envoy in Manila to protest the use of water cannons on Jan. 27 to drive Filipino fishing boats from a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, calling it an act of harassment.
China pledged to avoid escalating tensions while it works with Southeast Asian nations on a code of conduct for the South China Sea, as it again warned major powers such as the U.S. to stay out of its disputes.