Philippines Urges ASEAN to Stop China in South China Sea

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Philippine Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario has called on Southeast Asia to put a stop to China’s reclamation in the disputed South China Sea.

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario. (Photo: AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)

The Associated Press

The Philippines on Sunday urged the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations to take immediate steps to halt land reclamation by China in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, warning that failure to do so will see Beijing take “de facto control” of the area.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario told a meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers that if China’s construction of artificial islands on reefs claimed by other countries is allowed to be completed, then Beijing will impose its claim over more than 85 percent of the sea.

Rosario urged the grouping to “stand up” to China by urging it to halt its reclamation work.

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