Chinese Embassy in Manila condemns report of alleged dumping of 'poops' in Spratlys

Published July 16, 2021, 9:26 PM

by Roy Mabasa

The Chinese Embassy in Manila on Friday condemned the report released by a United States-based geospatial intelligence firm about the alleged involvement of Chinese ships in the dumping of human “poops” in the Spratly Islands in South China Sea.

One of the satellite images showing the positions of about 236 ships in Union Bank in the Spratlys on June 17, 2021 (via Simularity website)

“The Chinese Embassy strongly condemns the said company’s act of fabricating facts, violating professional ethics, and maliciously spreading fake news against China,” the Embassy said in a statement posted on its social media account Friday. The statement was attributed to an unnamed Embassy spokesman.

On Tuesday, American high-tech firm Simularity reported that crews of anchored ships, believed to be Chinese vessels, reportedly continue to dump human waste and sewage in the reefs in Spratlys.

However, the Chinese Embassy said that for a long time, anti-China forces like Simularity have spared no efforts to produce lies and hype up the South China Sea issue to “discredit and demonize China, create hatred and anti-China sentiments in the Philippines”.

The Chinese Embassy claimed that the ultimate goal of anti-China group is “to sow discord between China and the Philippines to serve their own political agenda”.

“These anti-China forces have formed a complete set of routines. Some foreign organizations issue a fabricated report, and then some irresponsible media follow up to spread fake news. Finally, some anti-China forces use fake news to accuse and defame China,” the Chinese Embassy in Manila added.

According to the Embassy, China is willing to work with countries along the coast of the South China Sea, including the Philippines, to eliminate interference and jointly maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea.

On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. questioned the authenticity of the Simularity report on the alleged dumping of raw sewage that was derived from satellite images in the Spratlys.

Simularity said in a statement that they are open to any investigation to prove that the correctness of the method and system they are using in completing their report.

The Simularity report came on the fifth anniversary of the issuance of the Arbitral Award by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on July 12, 2016.

The United Nations-backed arbitration court ruled in favor of the Philippine petition rejecting China’s expansive nine-dash line claim in the South China Sea or the West Philippine Sea.