Philippines envoy to Asean: Let’s develop South China Sea’s oil ‘potential’

Peace and Freedom

By: Nestor Corrales – Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
INQUIRER.net / 05:31 PM May 14, 2017
Special envoy for Intercultural Dialogue Jose De Venecia. Pool Photo

Special envoy for Intercultural Dialogue Jose De Venecia. Pool Photo

BEIJING – A Philippine envoy on Sunday called on member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to a joint development with China of the energy resources in the South China Sea.

Special envoy for intercultural dialogue Jose de Venecia made the call in a speech before leaders and diplomats at a plenary session of the Belt and Road Forum here.

“It is obvious as members of the Asean that today, with China, we must find ways and means to jointly develop the area’s hydrocarbon potentials to help lessen our common dependence on distant petroleum sources in the Middle East,” De Venecia said.

The special envoy said the joint development would spur growth in the disputed sea.

“Look at the potential for peace, excellencies, for…

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