28 Apr '16, 8pm

Chinese Scarborough Shoal Base Would Threaten Manila

Scarborough Shoal is 150 miles from the coast of the Philippines. Obviously NOT within China’s EEZ. Obviously in the Philippines EEZ. China is 550 miles away! As China has already acted brazenly by building a facility on Fiery Island Reef, it’s high time the Philippines, supported by the U.S., got more proactive in the area. Put simply, the Philippines should begin to reclaim that island for their use, and if China positions military aircraft or missiles on Fiery Island, then the Philippines would be in a position to do likewise on Scarborough. All this worry and gnashing of teeth over what China might do. China has already done something, and so should the Philippines. Why wait for the bully to act? Beat him to the punch! It’s high time China learned that they cannot act with impunity in the SCS. If the Philippines is an ally, there is no harm in helping them protect thei...

Full article: http://breakingdefense.com/2016/04/chinese-scarborough-sh...

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