MANILA — Chinese reclamation activities in Mischief Reef, which is only 23 nautical miles from Philippine-owned Pagasa Island, have grown more than a thousandfold.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang during his 7 a.m. press briefing Monday said Chinese reclamation activities, in the once Philippine-owned territory, started from 4,000 square-meters.
But now, that figure has grown more than a thousand-fold, causing undue worry to the AFP, as the military does not know Chinese intentions for the ongoing reclamation works.
“(It) is worrisome,” Catapang stressed.
He also stressed that while reclamation works in the disputed portion of the Spratlys are not new as Taiwan and Malaysia have conducted reclamation projects in their claimed features in the disputed island chain, these works are minor in nature as both countries have conducted it purely for tourism purposes.
Unlike China which is still to declare its goal in doing its reclamation works.