“We have compelling reasons to raise our voice to tell the whole world the adverse effects of China’s aggressiveness,” said Philippines.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino said China’s movement in the South sea is of global concern because it’ll hit trade.
Recent images show China acquiring an airstrip on a trade route through which $5 trillion trade passes every year.
The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have overlapping claims over the region.
China plans to stretch artificial islands in the South China sea to the maritime heart of Southeast Asia, experts say.
US said the pace of China’s construction of artificial islands “raises serious questions about Chinese intentions.”
Chinese construction is aimed at bolstering its claims to virtually the entire South China Sea, says Philippines.
India has been always maintaining that there should be a freedom of navigation in the high seas and the territorial dispute in South China Sea.
China has already undertaken reclamation work on six other reefs it occupies in the Spratlys.
China’s claims over South China Sea are contested by Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei.
China prefers to settle its disputes in discussions with the countries directly involved.
Foreign Ministry said it is “mainly aimed at improving the working and living conditions of the Chinese staff working there”
The spat between China and Japan over uninhabited East China Sea islands raised concerns of a military confrontation between the two.
Vietnamese PM Nguyen Tan Dung arrives today, a dozen pacts likely to be inked
The reference says more about India’s changing political attitude under Modi.