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China Launches New Research Stations In West Philippine Sea

China Launches New Research Stations In West Philippine Sea

By Micah Moen 2 Comments March 25, 2020


China launches new research stations in West Philippine Sea The Philippines and China have a long history when it comes to the West Philippine Sea In 2019, the Philippine Defense spokesperson Dir. Arsenio Andolong likened China to “somebody squatting on a piece of land owned by someone else” The Philippine Department of National Defense said that the country had “position” and “possession” of the West Philippine Sea The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 2016 Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling reportedly support this The 2016 ruling ultimately shut down China’s nine-dash line claims, which would have allowed them major parts of the South China Sea China has claimed that it owns almost the whole South China Sea However, countries like Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines all have claims on parts of the South China Sea Andolong said that no one country has complete and sole control over the body of water In 2019, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that China was in “possession” of the West Philippine Sea, so they could not be driven away His comments drew the ire of members of the public and the government According to Andolong, China’s existing structures on its artificial islands, including military outposts, do give it an advantage He said, “possession, position, and control are different realities that do not necessarily exist together” Now, it seems that China is still building on the West Philippine Sea Beijing’s state news agency Xinhua reported on March 20 that China put up two new research stations on Kagitingan Reef and Zamora Reef Beijing calls Kagitingan Reef “Yongshu Reef” and Zamora Reef “Zhubi Reef” The research stations are under the Integrated Research Center for Islands and Reefs of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Panganiban Reef, which Beijing is calling “Meiji Reef,” is home to their base According to Xinhua, the research stations are part of “an integrated scientific research base on coral reef and deep-sea” The stations include laboratories that will allow their scientists to study ecology, geology, marine energy, and other environments The station on Zamora Reef has “monitoring systems for geological disaster and freshwater conservation,” while the station on Kagitingan Reef will monitor “coral reef ecosystem, vegetation ecology, and freshwater conservation” Beijing first laid claim on Kagitingan Reef in 1988

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Anastacio Malig-on

Wala kwenta blita na Yan my covid pa tayong hinaharap

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Jonas Apostle

thank you china said by our president

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