“We have reaffirmed our continuing concern over the destabilizing activities that are contrary to the Declaration of the Code of the Conduct in the South China Sea, as well as international law,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Evan Garcia said in a press conference on day two of the Fifth Philippines-United States Bilateral Strategic Dialogue as quoted by GMANetwork.com.
The reclamation “is massive, just look at the photographs. These are not small adjustments, these are huge activities that obviously designed to change the status quo,” Garcia adds.
His United States counterpart Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel said China’s aggressiveness in the region is an ongoing concern for all parties “that rely on freedom of navigation and sea-lanes and the principle of unimpeded and lawful commerce.”
Russel added “we believe bigger nations can’t bully the small.”
“The Chinese activities in the West Philippine Sea continue to be a serious concern, arising from reports of greater development in reclamation,” Defense undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino said.
China is insisting indisputable sovereignty virtually over the entire South China Sea.