Philippines accuses China of building on disputed shoal
MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines accused China on Tuesday of laying concrete blocks on a small group of reefs and rocky outcrops within its territory, the latest escalation in a hostile maritime dispute.
Defence department spokesman Peter Galvez released to the media an aerial photograph of what he said were about 30 blocks on Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.
"Boats can be anchored on them. It's hard to speculate what these can be used for, but of course these are concrete blocks that can be used as a foundation for something," Mr Galvez told reporters.
"It's unfortunate that they keep on doing activities that do not contribute to our pursuit towards regional peace."