The Chinese government is continuing full steam ahead with its mission to seize control of the hotly contested South China Sea, leaving in its wake some completely ravaged underwater environments.
Less than a mile away from a Filipino military base, Chinese poachers are plundering reefs for all the coral and clams they can carry, turning once vibrant coral reefs into deserts under the protection of China’s navy. The BBC captured the environmental looters on camera for us:
Tensions have been picking up once again in the disputed South China Sea where China has been angering neighboring nations, facing down American and Australian patrols, building up its infrastructure and telling the BBC to go away. To further strengthen its claim on the region, China is even making absolutely sure that all the maps in the country are correct.
By Pinky Latt
[Video via BBC]