- China reportedly installed weather monitoring stations in the Spratly Islands
- China claims the installations would provide public services to the countries in the region
- The Philippine government will file a diplomatic protest once the reports are verified
The Philippine government will file a diplomatic protest once reports about China’s building of weather monitoring stations on its artificial islands in the Manila-claimed Spratly Islands are verified.
As mentioned in the Manila Times article dated November 6, 2018, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Philippine government through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will surely file a diplomatic protest once the reports are officially confirmed.
“Certainly, the DFA will do its work and make the necessary diplomatic protest,” the Manila Times quoted Panelo as saying during a news briefing.
“Again, these are news reports. We have not validated it. But if they are validated, I’m sure the new Secretary of Foreign Affairs will do his job,” Panelo added.
Last week, a Hong Kong-based publication quoted Chinese Foreign Minister Lu Kang as saying that China has built a maritime observation center, a meteorological observatory and a national environmental and air quality monitoring station on the Spratly Islands.
Lu Kang said the installations would provide more public services to countries in the region and to secure freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.
“As a responsible major country, China will continue to fulfill its obligations and commitments with concrete actions and make due contributions to the security of the South China Sea and for the benefits of people in this region,” the Chinese official was quoted as saying.