Philippine Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York Irene Susan B. Natividad, in Security Council Open Debate held February 23, told Foreign Ministers of Security Council members including Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi that China’s massive reclamation is a threat to Philippines and neighboring states. China was the President of UN Security Council for the month of February.
“Massive reclamation is a direct threat to the Philippines and other claimant States and should be considered a great concern for all States as it threatens the security and overall peace and stability in the region,” Natividad said.
“Moreover, the massive reclamation that is causing widespread destruction of the region’s biodiversity will also irreparably damage the entire ecological balance in the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea. Such irreversible damage will have long-term effects on all the peoples across geopolitical boundaries who have depended on the sea for their livelihood for generations,” she added.
“Those whose actions endanger the lives of these people and those who do not heed the call for restraint are not being true to the cause of peace,” Deputy Permanent Representative Natividad said.