China To Create "Base Station" On Disputed Island In South China Sea
Reuters is reporting that China’s newest building venture on one of the disputed islands in the South China Sea is a “base station.” The islands in question are the Spratly Islands. The base station will be reportedly used for an elite “rescue ship.” China claims the ship will help “rescue” fishing vessels if they are in distress.
“The ship, which would carry drones and underwater robots, is set to be deployed in the second half of the year” Chen Xingguang, political commissar of the ship told China Daily, according to Reuters. China Daily, an English newspaper in China was accused by BBC news of being “state run.”
China has also built two lighthouses on nearby islands and installed buoys and beacons in the area. This is all in addition to a landing strip and other infrastructure.
Other Asian nations have claimed islands in the South China Sea as their own including: Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei.
The activity taking place on these islands is also disputed. “Washington has accused Beijing of militarizing the South China Sea after creating artificial islands, while Beijing, in turn, has criticized increased U.S. naval patrols and exercises in Asia,” according to the Reuters article.