The Department of Foreign Affairs is validating the reports regarding China’s construction activities which is about to be completed in a the disputed reef in South China Sea.
“We have to validate that,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said.
Reports said, China transformed Fiery Cross Reef or Kagitingan Reef into an artificial island.
Jane’s Defense published a latest satellite imagery showing Chinese forces creating a land mass expanding into the reef. The artificial island measures three kilometers long and 200-300 meters wide that could accommodate an airstrip.
Kagitingan Reef is well within the exclusive economic zone of Philippines. It is part of Kalayaan Group of Islands, however, China insists ownership over virtually the entire South China Sea including the claimed territories of Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, and Taiwan.
“China is likely to withstand the international pressure and continue the construction, since it is completely legitimate and justifiable,” People’s Liberation Army Major General Luo Yuan said.
The Chinese General added that Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam have already set up military facilities in South China Sea. He also said, US who is being biased should step back from the issue.