Philippines Says China’s Reclamation Causing Ecological Damage
The reclamation work which is being carried out by China in the South China Sea has destroyed almost 300 acres, that’s about 1.2 sq km, of coral reef and as a result there has been an annual loss for coastal nations estimated to be $100 million, the Philippines said on Monday.
China’s action of reclamation around the seven reefs has been so rapid that it has alarmed other claimants including Vietnam and the Philippines. In addition to that China’s action has also been criticized by the U.S. government which has accused China of pushing around the smaller nations which are located in the South China Sea with President Barrack Obama stating that he is concerned of the fact that China is taking advantage of its “Sheer size and muscle.”
In a statement that was issued out by Philippines foreign ministry stated that the reclamation by China is causing damage to the ecological balance and biodiversity which is “irreversible and widespread.”
"We cannot accept China's claim that its activities have not caused damage to the ecological environment of the South China Sea," said the statement, adding that the economic losses which is expected as a result of the destruction of the coral reefs is estimated to be at $100 million every year.
"China has pursued these activities unilaterally, disregarding people in the surrounding states, who have depended on the sea for their livelihood for generations," the statement added.
Back in 2002 the Philippines renewed its requests to see to it that China stops its reclamation work. In addition to that Philippines called for China to respect the informal code of conduct which they signed together with nations in Southeast Asia also back in 2002.