PH outgunned in China's island-building frenzy
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The Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff, Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr., looks worried as he surveys the rusted cranes and eroded runway on the tiny island of Pag-asa, now on the front line of a rapidly intensifying construction war in the South China Sea. Fewer than 48 kilometers away, China’s giant construction cranes glint on the horizon, a sign of the Asian giant’s reef-building frenzy in the disputed Spratly chain that has seen new islands appear seemingly overnight. As China and fellow rival claimant Vietnam race to pave over reefs and build structures in the strategically important sea, the Philippines stands out as a laggard.
Balana, C. D. (2015, May 14). PH outgunned in China's island-building frenzy. Philippine Daily Inquirer, p. A4.
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Military operations; Territorial waters; Disputes; Artificial islands; Fishers; Exclusive economic zone; Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP); Philippine Navy; Philippine Coast Guard (PCG); Philippine Army; Philippine Air Force (PAF); Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies; Catapang, Gregorio Pio Jr.; Lopez, Alexander; Philippines; China; Pag-asa Island; South China Sea; Spratly Islands; Vietnam; Thitu Island; Zamora Reef; Subi Reef; Ayungin Shoal; Second Thomas Shoal
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