A MARITIME security analyst said international collective action is urgently needed to protect and preserve what is left of the fish stocks and marine ecosystems from the destruction caused by China's "theft" of natural resources "on a grand scale."

"The desecration of maritime habitats and life-sustaining coral reefs is a clear and present threat at the hands of China's massive fishing fleet," Kevin Edes wrote in Sealight, a web-based think tank that focuses on maritime issues, particularly on Chinese activities in the West Philippine Sea.

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