China Dumps Chemicals In Ocean To Drive Fishermen Away From Disputed Island

fish2By Brianna Acuesta

Chinese vessels have been reportedly dumping chemicals in the surrounding waters of Pag-asa Island and harming the marine life in an effort to kill the island’s economy. As the number of civilians leaving because of a lack of fish increases, the Chinese get closer to taking over the land.

A Facebook page has been dedicated to documenting the evidence, which consists most recently of photos of dead fish that have washed ashore from the chemical dumping.

Pag-asa Island is an island in the West Philippine Sea occupied by Filipinos. It’s part of the Kalayaan municipality of Palawan, Philippines, but bigger countries like China, Taiwan, and Vietnam have been attempting to claim the area for economic reasons.

As part of the Spratly Islands, the Pag-asa Island is the only one occupied by civilian Filipinos and they depend almost entirely on fishing.

By poisoning the Pag-asa’s surrounding waters and killing the native fish, the Chinese are crippling the island’s economy and driving away the civilians.

According to the Facebook page, it’s speculated that once the island is deserted by its inhabitants, China will establish a military base.

fish1Credit: Kalayaan ATIN ITO

Because of China’s attempts to push people out, the marine ecosystem and surrounding coral reefs have been completely destroyed. For the fish that don’t die from the chemicals, many are driven away just like the civilians because the area now lacks its ecosystem.

China has been involved in an ongoing territorial dispute with the Philippines for years, especially over the Spratly Islands. This dispute has involved diplomatic negotiations, tense standoffs, and intimidation tactics that have all failed in their attempts to claim the territory.

It’s reported that China also has ongoing disputes with Japan, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Perhaps the chemical dumping is not only an affront against the Philippines but also against the other mainland countries trying to get their hold on the Spratly Islands.

No matter what the intentions are, China’s actions have harmed the ecosystem in immeasurable and irreversible ways and the animals, plant life, and humans are paying for it.

What do you think of China’s latest attack on the environment and people? Please comment on, like, and share this article!

Top Image Credit: Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

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9 Comments on "China Dumps Chemicals In Ocean To Drive Fishermen Away From Disputed Island"

  1. Marker_said | May 7, 2016 at 4:36 pm | Reply

    This article is reporting a comment on FB as real?? With multiple countries patrolling ?? Good reporting skills

    But she even got this propaganda wrong.

    Report said after China refused docking of the uss hawk, they dumped all kinds of waste all over the South China Sea in an effort to make it worthless to the Chinese.

  2. Marker_said | May 7, 2016 at 4:45 pm | Reply

    What about the Japanese multi-year dumping of Fukushima happy juice?

    This author has no problem with that.

    Maybe she only reports FB fakes

  3. Arlene Lane | May 8, 2016 at 5:53 am | Reply

    I think that most of these problems around the Philippines , is created by the USA and it’s intimidation tactics, because in the past they have had too much too say in the business of most of the Island nations, and these problems are easily solved when the nations involved are allowed to handle their own affairs.

  4. As if the oceans various life forms don’t have enough problems. From Fukushima to The Florida Gulf BP spill to Fishing boats – now this – must be a war to get rid of ocean life.

  5. Arlene Lane | May 8, 2016 at 10:29 am | Reply

    poisoning the sea is an environmental crime, but let us be certain just who is doing it, because it sounds more like an American false flag type of exercise, because the Chinese need all the friends that they can get in that part of the world, plus nobody has done more environmental damage to this planet than the USA.

  6. I didn’t see any pot calling the kettle black. Deliberate destruction of environment and manipulation of a population for greed and profit or just plain dumbass-ness should not be accepted by anyone for any reason, no matter the country doing it.

  7. Others are saying they are poison around the island to starve out the people who live there and make them leave do they can have the islands without homesteaders.

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