The Philippine Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) called on the UN’s Security Council to stop the massive reclamation in the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea, activities she described as a “direct threat” to the security of the Philippines and other claimant countries and the overall peace and stability in the region.Speaking at the UN Security Council Open Debate attended by several foreign ministers of Security Council members including Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Ambassador Irene Susan Natividad said “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.It has been confirmed that China has a number of reclamation projects underway in sensitive areas in the South China Sea where sovereignty is contested by the Philippines and other Asian countries including Vietnam, Malaysia, and Brunei.China has undertaken massive land reclamation activities in Johnson Reef, McKennan and Hughes Reef, Cuarteron Reef and Gaven Reef in South China Sea in the last two years.Last month, the Philippines handed a protest note to the Chinese Embassy in Manila in connection with reclamation activities being undertaken by China at Panganiban (Mischief) Reef.

Source: Manila Bulletin