BEIJING — Chinese media on Friday warned the Philippines against building up its military presence in disputed areas of the South China Sea, amid a deepening rift between the two countries.
A strongly worded editorial in the China Daily accused Manila of infringing “China’s territorial integrity” and said the Philippines could pay “a high price” for misjudging the issue.
The Philippines was “not taking seriously” an agreement struck by Beijing and Association of Southeast Asian Nations members in Indonesia last month “to solve the maritime disputes in peace,” the English-language newspaper said.
The editorial came after a weekend Philippine Star newspaper report that the Philippine navy would soon complete a shelter to “protect troops guarding and securing the country’s maritime domain” on an island claimed by both countries.
The shell-like structure the navy began building in May is on an island called Patag by the Philippines and Feixin by China — part of the Spratlys chain which is also wholly or partially claimed by Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan.