China reclamations 'damaging' disputed waters
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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday slammed China on its massive reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) that it said have caused ecological damage to some 300 acres of coral reef systems in the sea. Charles Jose, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said in a news briefing the ecological destruction in the regional waters can result in an estimated $100 million annual economic loss to coastal states. Chinese reclamation activities, according to Jose, should not distract the government from real issues in the region, which are China's nine-dash-line claim and its "unilateral and aggressive behavior in asserting that claim."
Bauzon, B. C. V. (2015, April 14). China reclamations 'damaging' disputed waters. The Manila Times, p. A2.
Disputes; Territorial waters; Land reclamation; Environmental degradation; Coral reefs; Economics; Biodiversity; Ecological balance; Livelihoods; Law of the sea; International law; Satellite mosaics; Military operations; Satellite sensing; Artificial islands; Fishing; United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea; Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); United Nations (UN); United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora; Hua, Chunying; Jose, Charles
- The Manila Times