PH hits China for lighthouses in disputed waters

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PH hits China for lighthouses in disputed waters

The Philippines on Monday strongly criticized two lighthouses China constructed in the disputed South China Sea, charging that they were covert means of enforcing Beijing’s claims to the disputed waters. The two reefs are located in the Spratly islands in the South China Sea, a vital sealane and fishing ground which is claimed almost entirely by China. In a forum with ASEAN defense chiefs in China last week, Fan Changlong, vice-chair of China’s Central Military Commission, tried to ease tensions, pledging that his country would “never recklessly resort to the use of force, even on issues bearing on sovereignty”. However upon returning from the forum, Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin late Saturday reiterated the call for “rules-based solutions” to resolve the dispute.

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