WPMNews.com – China has recently erected several buildings on Bombay Reef, which are part of the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Such is the report of the United States (US) think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), after studying new satellite imagery.
According to CSIS, the simple new building was built on a rock topped with randome and solar panels. But the function and purpose of the new building is unknown. CSIS noted that the building could be used for Chinese military purposes.
“This development is interesting given the Bombay Reef’s strategic location, and the possibility that rapid deployment of buildings can be repeated in other parts of the South China Sea,” the report was quoted as saying by Sputnik On Thursday (11/22/2018).
Published November 20, 2018, the report stresses that Bombay Reef is located near the main shipping lane between the Paracel Islands and Spratly Islands, the latter being a disputed island group claimed by China. According to CSIS, the Chinese military can use coral positions to expand its military radar range.
While the Chinese Ministry of Defense did not comment on the report, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said there was nothing wrong with China’s building structure “in its own territory.”
Other countries that claim ownership of the Paracels Islands have also not commented on the report.
The Paracel Islands are claimed by Taiwan, Vietnam and China, where the last country is de facto in control of the region, as well as other disputed island groups in the South China Sea. The US opposes China’s efforts to build military facilities or other buildings in disputed areas and regularly conducts freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea. [dn]