Palace says investigation needed first on reported new Chinese research stations in West Philippine Sea

“Wala pa kaming info diyan. Kailangan imbestigahan muna natin bago tayo magbigay ng response,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said, as quoted by PTV, regarding the reported new research stations of China at Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef and Zamora (Subi) Reef both in West Philippine Sea.

According to Chinese news outlet Xinhua, in report dated March 20, the research stations are equipped with laboratories on ecology, geology and environments that can support scientists in field investigation, sampling and scientific research on Spratly Islands, citing source from Integrated Research Center for Islands and Reefs of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

“The two new stations, together with the previously-established Meiji (Mischief) Research Center, have formed an integrated scientific research base on coral reef and deep-sea, said the CAS source,” Xinhua reported.

“The base will support interdisciplinary research of oceanographers and improve the in-situ observation and experimental capabilities on ecology, geology, environments, materials and marine energy utilization in the tropical marine environment,” it added.