China reclamation leaves $100M in destroyed reefs
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The Philippines yesterday strongly called on China to stop its reclamation of the Mischief Reef in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) because it has destroyed 300 acres of coral reef system, which resulted to economic losses to coastal states valued at $100 million annually. In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said China should be mindful of its responsibilities as a member of the international community and a claimant state that concurred with the 2002 ASEAN-China Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China SEA.
Naval, G., & Reyes, V. (2015, April 14). China reclamation leaves $100M in destroyed reefs. Malaya Business Insight, pp. B1, B6.
Land reclamation; Environmental degradation; Coral reefs; Biodiversity; Ecological balance; Livelihoods; Military operations; Exclusive economic zone; Mineral deposits; Oil; Disputes; Territorial waters; Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI); Gazmin, Voltaire; Obama, Barack
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