China allocates fund to support South China Sea ties

Beijing (China Daily/ANN) - China's ocean watchdog said yesterday it would allocate 30 million yuan (US$4.8 million) in 2013 to enhance international cooperation with developing economies in the South China Sea.

Experts believe strengthening cooperation with South China Sea countries will help ease tensions over complicated territorial disputes.

"Through cooperation with South China Sea countries we can deepen understanding and acknowledgement with each other and eliminate doubts and worries," Ma Deyi, director of the First Institute of Oceanography under the State Oceanic Administration, said yesterday.

He added that deepening cooperation will largely prevent sea disputes over the South China Sea.

"Territorial disputes cannot be solved within a short time. Territorial disputes should be temporarily put aside, and joint development will be an effective way," said Zhang Zhanhai, director of the administration's international cooperation department.

He added that strengthening international cooperation over the South China Sea will create a win-win situation, economically and politically.

China has long been devoted to strengthening international cooperation with South China Sea countries with the framework plan [2011-15] for international cooperation in the South China Sea and its adjacent oceans launched in January.

In 2012, more than 30 cooperation projects covering marine environment protection, regional oceanographic research and prevention and mitigation of coastal disasters in the South China Sea were carried out, according to the State Oceanic Administration.

Zhang added China will build a South China Sea tsunami consulting centre to collect marine environment data and release tsunami risk reports to reduce the impact of such disasters. No timetable for the centre has been disclosed.

Besides the 30 million yuan in international cooperation, China will allocate another 2 million yuan in funding for more than 20 international students from South China Sea countries for marine-related studies in China, according to Zhang.

Although China has tried to be friendly with South China Sea countries, sea disputes between China and other countries in the area surged this year.

China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia have claims to sovereignty over various overlapping parts of the South China Sea, which contains vast energy reserves and important sea lanes.

Tensions between China and the Philippines over Huangyan Island in the South China Sea have escalated since a Philippine warship entered the island's territorial waters and attempted to detain Chinese fishermen in April.

In June, the national assembly in Vietnam passed a law of the sea, which claims sovereignty and jurisdiction over China's Xisha and Nansha islands in the South China Sea.

Also yesterday, China's first long-range marine patrol ship in the South China Sea was commissioned into the Hainan Maritime Safety Administration, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Haixun 21, on which a helicopter can take off and land, is the largest patrol ship of Hainan province, said Ruan Ruiwen, director of the administration.

Ma Chao contributed to this story.

*US$1=6.23 yuan

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Troops overrun BIFF bomb-making facility in Mamasapano
    Troops overrun BIFF bomb-making facility in Mamasapano

    Government troops captured Sunday a bomb and weapons factory of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced yesterday. Col. Restituto Padilla, AFP spokesman, said the captured bomb and weapons factory is located inside an area controlled by radical Muslim cleric Ustadz Mohammad Ali Tambako at Barangay Dasikil in Mamasapano. …

  • No need for Revilla to visit son – prosecutors
    No need for Revilla to visit son – prosecutors

    Instead of filing an opposition, ombudsman prosecutors filed a manifestation yesterday expressing belief that there is no urgent need for Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. to visit his son at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center. “Based on the clinical abstract issued by the Asian Hospital on patient (Cavite) Vice-governor (Jolo) Revilla, which was submitted by accused Revilla in support of his Urgent Motion, Vice-governor Revilla is in stable condition and has stable vital signs, as of March 1, …

  • N. Korea fires missiles in anger at South-US military drills
    N. Korea fires missiles in anger at South-US military drills

    North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and vowed "merciless" retaliation Monday as the US and South Korea kicked off joint military drills denounced by Pyongyang as recklessly confrontational. The annual exercises always trigger a surge in military tensions and warlike rhetoric on the divided peninsula, and analysts saw the North's missile tests as a prelude to a concerted campaign of sabre-rattling. "If there is a particularly sharp escalation, we could see the …

  • Couple married 67 years holds hands in final hours together
    Couple married 67 years holds hands in final hours together

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — After spending 67 years together as devoted husband and wife, there was no question how Floyd and Violet Hartwig would end their lives — together. …

  • How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say
    How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say

    CAIRO (AP) — Three British schoolgirls believed to have gone to Syria to become "jihadi" brides. Three young men charged in New York with plotting to join the Islamic State group and carry out attacks on American soil. A masked, knife-wielding militant from London who is the face of terror in videos showing Western hostages beheaded. …

  • Recruitment firm accused of worldwide scam
    Recruitment firm accused of worldwide scam

    Filipinos aspiring to work overseas should avoid dealing with a recruitment agency that has duped jobseekers worldwide, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said yesterday. The National Bureau of Investigation has padlocked Global Visas Inc., which is based in Cebu. Baldoz said the agency’s parent company, ICS Global Visas Inc. based in the United Kingdom, has reportedly collapsed and left thousands of applicants without jobs.  “Global Visas was in the limelight this week, following its reported …

  • Lawmakers split on tax exemption for Pacquiao
    Lawmakers split on tax exemption for Pacquiao

    Colleagues of boxing champion Manny Pacquiao at the House of Representatives backed yesterday a proposal to exempt his earnings from his May 2 fight with American Floyd Mayweather from income tax. Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares has urged Pacquiao to promptly pay taxes on his May 2 earnings, which are projected to reach at least $120 million (more than P5.2 billion). …

  • Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn't see his killer
    Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn't see his killer

    MOSCOW (AP) — The 23-year-old Ukrainian model who was with slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov tearfully recounted Monday their last dinner in a chic Red Square restaurant and their walk onto a nearby bridge — but said she did not see the gunman who pulled the trigger. …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options