Lorenzana to Pentagon reporters: China’s rise in WPS very concerning

National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters at the Pentagon on April 1 that the rise of China in West Philippine Sea is very concerning.

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan hosts Secretary of National Defense of the Philippines Delfin Lorenzana at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., April 1, 2019. DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando

Secretary Lorenzana was welcomed by Acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan.

“[I]t’s very concerning. In fact, they have been doing the building of islands from – from reefs since, I think, 2011, 2012. So it concerns us because they are encroaching on our EEZ,” Lorenzana said.