China denies building structures in Panatag Shoal

  • China has denied building radar station in Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea
  • In a statement, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said it places great importance on the PH-China relation
  • The Philippine government, nevertheless, is seeking clarification from Beijing

MANILA, Philippines – China has once again denied any reported activities of its troops in Panatag/Scarborough Shoal; one of the disputed islands in the West Philippines Sea.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said its government “attaches high importance to marine ecological and environmental protection in the South China Sea.”

“We have checked with relevant authorities that the recent reports about building an environmental monitoring station on Huangyan Dao are false. There is no such a thing,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

China’s statement came amid reports that it is building a radar station in Panatag Shoal.

Earlier, Associate Justice Antonio Carpio warned that China may finally complete its coverage of the entire West PH Sea/ South China Sea once the radar is finished and may impose an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) over the area.

The Chinese official, however, insists that Beijing’s position on Panatag Shoal is consistent and clear.

“China places great importance on its relationship with the Philippines and cherishes the sound momentum China-Philippines relations are enjoying now,” said Hua.

“We will remain committed to pursuing sound, steady and rapid development of China-Philippines relations,” she added.

Nevertheless, the Philippine government is seeking clarification on the early report by a local daily saying China is “preparing to build environmental monitoring stations” to some of the disputed islands including the Panatag Shoal.