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International relations

Benham Rise -- the New Frontier in China's maritime ambitions

An obscure seabed landmass has emerged as a new flashpoint with the Philippines

| China

A new flashpoint has emerged between Beijing and Manila, which threatens to introduce a chill into the increasingly warm bilateral relations that have developed under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Benham Rise, a vast undersea landmass located in the Western Pacific, is part of the Philippines' extended continental shelf, and located far away from the burgeoning conflicts nearer to China's coast in the South China Sea.

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