While the UN handed its historic ruling over the West Philippine sea a few weeks ago, China as expected, did not abide by it. While the Philippine government is finding ways to try and exert our claim without being bullied relentlessly by China in the process, it seems like Mother Nature may be our ally in this fight.
According to Quartz, Typhoon Dindo (known internationall as Typhoon Nida) might have enough force to damage the artificial islands it’s built in the disputed area, islands built on top of reefs to try and bolster their claim in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague which they subsequently lost to the Philippines in the landmark June 12 ruling.
Because of the amount of wave energy that hits reefs, energy that also gets transferred to any structures built on top of them – the artificial, man made islands are in for a rough time. Parts of the artificial island that China built on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratlys have already collapsed into the sea because of this, and this is just the beginning.
Many of the islands that China built on the disputed waters are literally brand new, and are now facing their first typhoon season. While Typhoon Nida might not completely wash away the structures that China built in one go, other, stronger typhoons may just finish what the UN started.