Impunity in the South China Sea
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With the government either defending, justifying or simply doing nothing about China’s aggressive actions, the country’s giant neighbor has become even bolder to pursue its “creeping invasion” of the disputed territories in the South China Sea. After occupying, reclaiming and building virtual military bases with airstrips, radar equipment and other installations on several disputed islands in the last few years, the Chinese recently built an alleged maritime rescue center on the Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef), which is part of the Kalayaan Island Group that the Philippines rightfully claims sovereignty over. Instead of lodging a protest, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo ironically says we should be thankful for the Chinese facility because it would help Filipino fishermen in distress.
Abelgas, V. (2019, April 6). Impunity in the South China Sea. Manila Standard, p. A5.
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Governments; Disputes; Territorial waters; Military operations; Fishers; Chinese Coast Guard; Western Command (Wescom); Philippine National Police (PNP); International Institute for Strategic Studies; Panelo, Salvador; Davidson, Philip; del Rosario, Albert; Carpio-Morales, Conchita; Xi, Jinping; Duterte, Rodrigo; Cayetano, Alan Peter; Locsin, Toedoro; Calida, Jose; Neill, Alexander; Arroyo, Gloria
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