China could occupy more areas in WPS — expert warns

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MANILA, Philippines — China may end up occupying more areas in the West Philippine Sea if it would be allowed to unilaterally rehabilitate coral reefs in the disputed region, a maritime expert warned.

  • Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star)

Jay Batongbacal, director of the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, said China’s announcement that it would carry out coral reef rehabilitation and restoration in the South China Sea should be taken with a…

“Interested states should take the position that no such activities should be undertaken except under conditions of full transparency, equal participation and mutual cooperation by all,” he said.

“Despite its…

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