The quantity was broadly just like one offered by a U.S. suppose tank earlier this month.
China has carried out intensive land reclamation work on a few of the islands and reefs it controls within the South China Sea, together with constructing airports, alarming its neighbours and Washington.
Beijing says the work is assist present worldwide companies corresponding to search-and-rescue however admits there’s a navy objective too. China additionally says it could do no matter it needs on its territory.
The brand new report, posted on an internet site run by China’s Nationwide Marine Knowledge and Data Service and the abroad version of the ruling Communist Get together’s Folks’s Every day, says China has enhanced its navy presence there and “fairly” expanded the realm lined by the islands.
Aside from what it termed “massive radar” – it was unclear if the report was referring to multiple – building this 12 months has included services for underground storage and administrative buildings.
There was a rise in navy patrols too, the report added, with out giving specifics.
The report was launched on Friday however appeared within the state-run newspaper the World Occasions on Monday.
Whereas consideration in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear disaster prior to now 12 months, China has continued to put in high-frequency radar and different services that can be utilized for navy functions on its man-made islands within the South China Sea, a U.S. suppose tank stated this month.
That report, by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of Washington’s Middle for Strategic and Worldwide Research, stated Chinese language exercise has concerned work on services masking 72 acres (29 hectares) of the Spratly and Paracel islands, territory contested with a number of Asian neighbours.
Greater than $5 trillion of world commerce is shipped by way of the South China Sea yearly. In addition to China’s territorial claims within the space, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan have rival claims.
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