China wants control, hegemony over West Philippine Sea: DND

“It is very clear that the Chinese is trying to extend its influence in the South China Sea, West Philippine Sea and the fact that they have built, reclaimed islands there, built islands out of shoals and reefs and turned them into practically a military base or naval base. Their action is very clear that they would like to have a control of the area,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said when asked by Senator Dick Gordon on January 1 what is the view of the Department of National Defense (DND) on the developments in Asia-Pacific with regards to China.

He added that China is discouraging naval ships to go near its reclaimed areas.

“So it’s very clear that they would like to have some hegemony or control over the West Philippine Sea,” Secretary Lorenzana added.