Here's why China needs our EEZ

ABS-CBN News reports: The Chinese can fish in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman said Tuesday. This, after Duterte said Manila and Beijing are "friends" when asked if the Philippines should prevent China from fishing in its EEZ.

"Kumbaga parang ito-tolerate mo lang. It’s not necessarily grant," Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters.

It must be recalled that the Philippines has "special legal regime" or "sovereign right" over our EEZ. This means that we can auto-limit this by allowing other countries to exploit said zone and share it with them. However, there are those who say that China's act of hostility against our fishermen should not be taken as a sign of friendship.

Below is an image which shows the EEZ of the Philippines. This is hot-linked from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exclusive_economic_zone#/media/File:Ph_Territorial_Map.png.

The exclusive economic zone is an area beyond and adjacent to the territorial sea, subject to the specific legal regime established in this Part, under which the rights and jurisdiction of the coastal State and the rights and freedoms of other States are governed by the relevant provisions of this Convention.

On the other hand, look at the EEZ of China (in dark pink). Lighter colors are those claimed by China but disputed by other countries such as the Philippines. Again, this is hot-linked from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exclusive_economic_zone#/media/File:China_Exclusive_Economic_Zones.png.
Notice that China's undisputed EEZ does not seem to go much beyond its territory. This is because China is mostly landlocked. On the other hand, archipelagos like our country are blessed with a huge EEZ.

This is the reason why China wants to claim not only EEZ rights but also ownership over certain islands and waters in the Pacific. It has close-to-zero EEZ.

READ MORE: Chinese can fish in PH exclusive economic zone, Panelo says. ABS-CBN News. Posted at Jun 25 2019 10:55 PM | Updated as of Jun 25 2019 11:11 PM. https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/06/25/19/chinese-can-fish-in-ph-exclusive-economic-zone-panelo-says

Exclusive economic zone. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exclusive_economic_zone#China

PART V. EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE. UN. https://www.un.org/depts/los/convention_agreements/texts/unclos/part5.htm

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