South China Sea claims map, July 2012. Wikimedia Commons
The Philippine Daily Inquirer-Nov 9
China said it wanted to ensure navigational safety in the South China Sea, and so built what it called weather observation stations on Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief reefs in the Spratly group of islands. The trouble is, these features lie west of the Philippines and are claimed by the country, which has long called them by the names Kagitingan, Zamora and Panganiban reefs, respectively. Until it came to light via a report in the South China Morning Post last Thursday, China’s latest surreptitious action would have remained unnoticed.
First published in: The Philippine Daily Inquirer