China reclamation Aquino's 'main topic' at Asean Summit in Malaysia | Global News

China reclamation Aquino’s ‘main topic’ at Asean Summit in Malaysia

/ 11:35 AM April 20, 2015
Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Luis Cruz. Photo by Kristine Angeli Sabillo/INQUIRER.net

Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Luis Cruz. Photo by Kristine Angeli Sabillo/INQUIRER.net

A foreign affairs official on Monday confirmed that President Benigno Aquino III will discuss China’s reclamation work in disputed areas of South China Sea with his fellow heads of state at the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Malaysia.

“Definitely the reclamation issue will be the main topic that the President will raise during the agenda item of the retreat on discussions of regional and international issues,” Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Luis Cruz told reporters during a Palace briefing.

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Cruz reiterated the President’s earlier statement that the reclamation of areas in South China Sea should be a global concern and not just the concern of the region and claimant countries like the Philippines.

He said it was important to make people aware of the seriousness of the situation, especially since it would “alter the way of doing business globally.” He said China’s reclamation has also caused damage in the marine environment.

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Cruz, on the other hand, said he would not be able to predict what Malaysia will discuss in the Chairman’s Statement for the 26th Asean Summit.

He said the Asean leaders will be given time to express their views not only on the South China Sea but also on other security issues, including the initiative to prevent terrorism from flourishing in the region.

The main agenda of the summit, however, will be the Asean Integration 2015. The Asean Integration will pave the way for a single market and production base for the region. It aims to make the Asean a highly competitive and equitable economic region.

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Recent reports said China is building an airstrip in Fiery Cross Reef (Kagitingan Reef), which is within the Philippine’s exclusive economic zone. AU

This combination photo of satellite images taken on Feb. 6, 2015, top, and March 23, 2015, bottom, by Airbus Defence and Space, and distributed by IHS Jane's Defence Weekly, shows what IHS Jane's describes as an airstrip on Fiery Cross Reef in a disputed section of the South China Sea. The US has warned that China's development on the artificially created island could raise tensions in the area. (CNES, Airbus Defence and Space/IHS Jane's Defence Weekly via AP)

This combination photo of satellite images taken on Feb. 6, 2015, top, and March 23, 2015, bottom, by Airbus Defense and Space, and distributed by IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly, shows what IHS Jane’s describes as an airstrip on Fiery Cross Reef in a disputed section of the South China Sea. The US has warned that China’s development on the artificially created island could raise tensions in the area. CNES, Airbus Defense and Space/IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly via AP

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