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.
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.