“we did not blink,” a military official said.
But when we blink, here’s what China did in our shoal”. They created military based, built runway capable of landing advanced fighter jet, and a few months from now this place will one of the most fortified China’s invaded territory.
When the Philippines Navy were unable to patrol the area due to monsoon season, China slowly annexed the reef by building a structure and insisting it’s for their fisherman use.
The Philippine Government strongly react the structure creation but later on the two sides settle amicably. But in 1998 (1997 Asian Financial Crisis), China resume the construction of the reef.
In 2015, an astonishing reclamation surprise to us, which the Philippine Government unable to stop.