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The Reed Bank incident is just one of a number of Chinese incursions into Philippine waters and construction activities on the disputed Spratly Islands.
'The productivity of the fisheries in the South China Sea is directly connected with the productivity of their habitats...It appears that the damage to the reefs in the Spratly Islands contributed to the decline of the fisheries there,' Batongbacal said.
Beijing's electronic warfare assets in the Spratly Islands have the capability to confuse or disable communications and radar systems.
A senior Philippine diplomat told Kyodo News in Manila that Del Rosario told his Chinese counterpart that Reed Bank, thought to be rich in oil and natural gas, is an integral part of the Philippines and is not even part of the Spratly Islands.
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Monday that the operation of weather monitoring stations in the Spratly Islands was 'merely a news report' although the Chinese government already confirmed this.
Hanoi also called out Beijing for conducting live fire exercises in the Spratly Islands from May 9 to 12.
Pentagon spokesman Commander Bill Urban reportedly said that the bombers flew "in the area" of the Spratly Islands but did not come within the 12-nautical-mile zone that China claims as territory.
''We do have Spratly Islands, Senkaku and such, but we have not had major bloodshed in this area.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Wednesday that the beaching ramp at Pagasa Island (Thitu), the biggest Philippine-claimed outpost in the Spratly Islands, is 40 percent complete.
China has deployed new weapons on its bases on Fiery Cross Reef, Mischief Reef and Subi Reef on the Spratly Islands, which are also being claimed by the Philippines.
Tensions over the disputed area that contains the Spratly Islands have escalated throughout the past several weeks, as both China, the U.S.
The Spratly Islands are claimed by China, Taiwan and four Association of Southeast Asian Nations members -- Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam -- while the Paracels are claimed by China and Vietnam.