China’s Militaristic Actions Threaten Environment in the South China Sea

Date: 8th September, 2015

In a threat to regional security in the Asia-Pacific region, China has reclaimed over 2,000 acres of land in the South China Sea in the last eighteen months. As President Obama noted the Chinese government continues to “throw elbows and push people out of the way” in its efforts to build military installations in the South China Sea.

China’s militaristic policies are resulting in environmental degradation in the South China Sea. Industrial pollution in the form of trash and chemical waste being dumped by China continues to threaten the local marine ecosystem.

The South China Sea plays a critical role in the economies of Pacific nations, by providing food and employment for the increasing coastal population. China’s continued environmental attacks on the South China Sea, strikes at the very heart of global climate change. The international community needs to take action and stop China’s destruction of this precious maritime ecosystem in the South China Sea.