Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


The Government of the Philippines has formally renamed a portion of the South China Sea "The West Philippine Sea," and directed its cartographers to make the correction in all official maps of the country and surrounding waters.

The segment of the South China Sea so redesignated is that portion lying within the 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Philippines, according to established international law.

China and Taiwan, who also claim territory within this region, have objected to this renaming; Singapore has announced that it will remain neutral. Whether this will result in increased tension between the Philippines and China, leading to further incidents,  we cannot say, but it may be grounds to increase Country Risk for the Philippines.

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