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Philippines releases photos that it says show Chinese reclamation on disputed reef

  • Philippines Disputed Reef-1.jpg

    In this photo taken Feb. 25, 2014 by surveillance planes and released Thursday, May 15, 2014, by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, a Chinese vessel, top center, is used to expand structures and land on the Johnson Reef, called Mabini by the Philippines and Chigua by China, at the Spratly Islands at South China Sea, Philippines. The Philippines has protested China's reclamation of land in the disputed reef in the South China Sea that can be used to build an airstrip or an offshore military base in the increasingly volatile region, the country's top diplomat and other officials said Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The white arrow was added by the source. (AP Photo/Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs) (The Associated Press)

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    In this photo taken Feb. 28, 2013 by a surveillance plane, and released Thursday, May 15, 2014, by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, Chinese-made structures stands on the Johnson Reef, called Mabini by the Philippines and Chigua by China, in the Spratly Islands in South China Sea. The Philippines has protested China's reclamation of land in the disputed reef in the South China Sea that can be used to build an airstrip or an offshore military base in the increasingly volatile region, the country's top diplomat and other officials said said Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The white arrow was added by the source. (AP Photo/Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs) (The Associated Press)

  • Philippines Disputed Reef-3.jpg

    In this photo taken March 13, 2012 by surveillance planes and released Thursday, May 15, 2014, by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, the Johnson Reef, locally called Mabini Reef, called Mabini by the Philippines and Chigua by China, is seen at the Spratly Islands at South China Sea. The Philippines has protested China's reclamation of land in the disputed reef in the South China Sea that can be used to build an airstrip or an offshore military base in the increasingly volatile region, the country's top diplomat and other officials said. The white arrow, top right, was added by the source. (AP Photo/Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs) (The Associated Press)

The Philippine government says it has released military surveillance photos of Chinese land reclamation on a reef claimed by Manila in the South China Sea to show that Beijing violated a regional agreement not to escalate territorial disputes.

Foreign Affairs Department spokesman Charles Jose said Thursday that the pictures show aggressiveness by China in asserting its claims. Beijing claims virtually the entire South China Sea.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman has said the area is part of China's territory and any Chinese activities at the reef should be of no concern to Manila.

Jose said a 2002 agreement between China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations calls for restraint in conducting activities in the region that would "complicate or escalate disputes" and to not inhabit uninhabited areas.