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From the Presidential Spokesperson – On China’s naming of undersea features in the Philippine Rise


We object and do not recognize the Chinese names given to some undersea features in the Philippine Rise.

Per our Philippine embassy in Beijing, they have already raised our concern to China. They are likewise considering a recommendation to officially notify the Chair of the International Hydrographic Organization – Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (IHO-IOC GEBCO) Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names (SCUFN).

The Philippines, as many of you know, is not a member of the SCUFN, which is composed of 12 members. China’s proposals to rename some undersea features in the Philippine were submitted to SCUFN during its meetings in Brazil on Oct 12-16, 2015 & Sept 19-23, 2017.