Here’s his take on the issue –
What is China up to in the West Philippine Sea?
Hot Manila – By Alan Robles
Posted at 05/11/2015 1:27 PM at ABS-CBNNews.com
China has been busily engaged in mysterious activities in the West Philippine Sea, aka South China
Sea. Dredging and filling, it’s apparently turning slivers of coral barely protruding above the water into full-fledged large islands
What could all this island bodybuilding and buffing be for? It can’t possibly be to build military bases bristling with guns, missiles, planes, and hostile-type installations intended to harass air and maritime traffic – right? After all, China itself assures its intentions are purely peaceful and it, OF COURSE, is not encroaching on other countries’ territories and stealing islands. It’s probably prepared to swear this on the sainted relics of Mao, assuming it can locate them.
Given Beijing’s denials, we’re left to speculate just what it is China is up to. Here is a list of reasonable explanations, drawn up by the best experts and analysts coffee and deadlines could fabricate at short notice.
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