Beijing ‘poised to take de facto control’ of South China Sea’

Construction at Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef in the disputed Spratley Islands in the south China Sea by China Picture: EPA

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Beijing is poised to take “de facto control” of the South China Sea, the Philippines warned Sunday, but its call for a robust Southeast Asian response at a regional summit was shot down.

Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei claim parts of the strategic body of water, but Beijing claims nearly all of it, and its increasingly strident territorial assertions have caused concern in the region and beyond.

“(China) is poised to consolidate de facto control of the South China Sea,” Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said in Kuala Lumpur a day ahead of an annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.

He singled out a campaign of land reclamation on disputed reefs that has raised the spectre of permanent Chinese bases far out in the sea from which it can enforce its sovereignty…

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    Land reclamation? I thought global warming was drowning the islands.

    • Frau Katze

      No sign of it yet.

      • I know a lot about land reclamation, if the Chinese need any advice.

        • FactsWillOut

          What’s taking you so long with Latvia?

  • FactsWillOut

    Well, if the other countries in the region don’t like it, they can do something about it, or not.
    Myself, I don’t care, one way or another.

  • Minicapt

    Needs to start having accidents happening to Chinese ships.


  • The__Hammer

    This could end up being fun. Vietnam hates China with a passion and China is terrified of the Vietnamese.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Oh, dis na’ gonna ind weww.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      And this time, the Vietnamese will have allies as well.

  • Russia only claims the blue coloured areas.

  • mauser 98

    with help from Wet Willie

    “The Clinton Administration notified Congress today that it had approved
    the export of technology to China to permit the launching of a
    communications satellite aboard a Chinese rocket next month.”

    Chinese promised to never use this technology for weapons…pphhrrrrrrrrrrrrrt

  • Now, more than ever, is there need of a pan-Asian alliance.

  • Clausewitz

    Where are all of the enviroweinies on this? This type of reclamation kills off the reefs that they are always whining about.

    • Frau Katze

      These places are pretty remote. No tourists. They carry on about ones they can go for diving and stuff.