Subi Reef in the Philippine Sea has major new military construction by China in PH waters
Subi Reef is now a massive island fortress in Palawan province, Philippines, with now seven sites of controversial Chinese military construction activities in 2022 as of 5 May 2022. The construction appears to be a prelude to war.
“This is a massive military fortress within the Philippines Exclusive Economic Zone and it is exploding into an armed fortress with more weapons and ordnance than many countries own,” explains Dale Carter, security director of The RINJ Foundation which claims that the dispute in the Philippines waters and in the South China sea has deprived over 2 million families their livelihood and food.
In its exclusive economic zone, the coastal State being the Philippines in this case, has sovereign rights over Subi Reef. But China has built a man-made fortress and loaded it with weapons and Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) apparatus and manpower.
“Subi Reef, also known as Zamora Reef (Tagalog: Bahura ng Zamora, lit. ’Reef of Zamora’); Zhubi Reef (Mandarin Chinese: 渚碧礁; pinyin: Zhǔbì Jiāo); Vietnamese: đá Xu Bi, is a reef in the Spratly Islands of the South China Sea located 26 km (16 mi and 13nm) southwest of Philippines’ Pag-asa island Thitu Island under the municipality of the Kalayaan Island Group, Palawan province. It is illegally-occupied by China (PRC), and claimed by Taiwan (ROC) and Vietnam.” (Wikipedia)
US 7th Fleet on watch in the South China Sea
“Aggression events of an hysterically fanatic CCP, against 40 countries surrounding the South China Seas, imperil seafood supply to families and suppress the flow of goods,” claims a global civil society women’s rights group about growing aggression in the South China Sea. The women have proposed a formula for an interim cooperation agreement to the United Nations and to the parties in the SCS dispute.
On the basis of some coral and rock occasionally jutting above the water surface of the South China Sea, China claimed, just after WWII, ninety percent of the 3.5 million square kilometers of the South China Sea as its own ‘indisputably sovereign’ territorial waters, according to a book by noted author, Robert D. Kaplan.
Australia said it succinctly in mid 2020: There is “no legal basis for China to draw straight baselines connecting the outermost points of maritime features or ‘island groups’ in the South China Sea”.
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- USA leads greedy men of Anglosphere to end multipolar world, subjugate China, Russia, India
- ASEAN shuns American abuse like it is mycobacterium leprae. But no Z.
Simularity and a Global civil society group are together calling “danger” on new expansion by China on military islands in the Philippines Sea.
“We are very much tied to the women of Asia, particularly ASEAN nations within which we have 2 million members,” explains Michele Frances of the global women’s rights group RINJ Women.
“I am a hands-on person running clinics and a small hospital where rural people would not otherwise have these services. So when decisions are made in G20 nations, especially the Anglosphere, decisions that ignore humanity, I see what’s in the worker’s hands going to the worker’s mouth growing smaller and the action becoming a less frequent action in the day.
“People need three square meals a day. That especially includes children. When China started pushing fisherfolks out of their normal, natural fishing grounds, it was much worse when Portugal, Spain, England and France did that, it ended the food supply chain to many parts of the world. Now instead of treating rare disease, we medical workers are fighting the basics: starvation, malnutrition, and hunger. This once brought me to tears but now every time I see a child dying of hunger, I am not afraid to say I would like to smash the faces of the politicians who did this. Anger has replaced tears and line-ups are no longer for food they are line-ups for last rights,” explained the dedicated humanitarian.
While China militarizes the Philippines Sea, it uses its naval militia to herd fisherfolk away from their fishing waters.
13 nautical miles from Philippines-occupied Pag-asa (Thitu) Island, all inside Philippines Exclusive Economic Zone
There are seven sites of various construction activities in 2022 as of 5 May 2022
According to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea – Part V
“In the exclusive economic zone, the coastal State [the Philippines in this case] has sovereign rights for the purpose of exploring and exploiting, conserving and managing the natural resources, whether living or non-living, of the waters superjacent to the seabed and of the seabed and its subsoil, and with regard to other activities for the economic exploitation and exploration of the zone, such as the production of energy from the water, currents and winds jurisdiction as provided for in the relevant provisions of this Convention with regard to the establishment and use of artificial islands, installations and structures such as:
- marine scientific research;
- the protection and preservation of the marine environment; and
- other rights and duties provided for in this Convention.”