Philippines ‘alarmed’ by China’s suspected new island-building

Philippines ‘alarmed’ by China’s suspected new island-building

China’s maritime forces have begun the process of building additional “large man-made islands” in the South China Sea, according to Philippine officials who announced new patrols to thwart the effort.

“No one will guard these locations except us,” Philippine National Security Council spokesman Jonathan Malaya told local media on Monday. “It is our responsibility under international law to guard them and ensure that the environment there would not be damaged and that there won’t be reclamation activities.”

That allegation adds to the acrimony around China’s claim to sovereignty over most of the South China Sea, including much of the Philippines‘s exclusive economic zone. The latest allegation centers on the Sabina Shoal, also known as Escoda Shoal — an area “just 75 nautical miles from the

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