Duterte: ‘We cannot stop China’ on Scarborough

(170105) -- BEIJING, Jan. 5, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Undated photo shows a Chinese H-6K bomber patrolling islands and reefs including Huangyan Dao in the South China Sea. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force conducted a combat air patrol in the South China Sea recently, which will become a "regular" practice in the future, said a military spokesperson on July 18, 2016. (Xinhua/Liu Rui) (wx)

Philippines cannot do anything if China pushes through with the reported plan to build a monitoring station on Panatag Shoal – also called Scarborough and named by the Chinese as Huangyan, President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said.

During a press conference before his departure to Myanmar, Duterte said “we cannot stop China from doing his thing.”

He added that even world power America could not stop China, which has been building structures on contested islands in the South China Sea.

The mayor of China’s Sansha City had said that the government planned to begin preparatory work this year to build environmental monitoring stations on a number of islands, including Panatag Shoal.

Meanwhile, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio had warned that China will complete its radar coverage of the entire South China Sea if it finishes the construction of a monitoring station on Panatag Shoal.

“A radar station on Scarborough Shoal will immediately complete China’s radar coverage of the entire South China Sea. China can then impose an ADIZ or air defense identification zone in the South China Sea,” said Carpio.

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