China Plan To Reclaim Scarborough Shoal, Philippines
- Опубликовано: 18 мар 2017
- China Plan To Reclaim Scarborough Shoal, Philippines
China plan to build environmental monitoring station on Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, a move likely to renew concerns over Beijing's robust assertions of its claims in the strategically crucial body of water. It has been reported by the top official in Sansha City that the monitoring stations, along with docks and others infrastructure will help island restoration and erosion prevention efforts planned for 2017.
The news comes a day ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson official visit to China this weekend, where he is expected to reiterate U.S. concern about Chinese island building.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, Anna Richey-Allen, said it was aware of the Chinese report and reiterated a call on South China Sea claimants to avoid building on disputed features. United States considered any activities or construction on the Scarborough shoal would be seen as crossing a red line, a serious provocation, and it would be met with a strong response. All options are on the table including economic sanctions and military blockade.
Earlier this month, United States has deployed THAAD missile defense system in South Korea, just at the China backyard. China strongly opposed such a deployment, but United States said this move is a response to the North Korea provocation and it is in defensive nature.
Recently, United States deployed it most advanced carrier strike group, USS Carl Vinson to patrol within 12 nautical miles of disputed islands. It also deployed three B-1Bs Lancers, strategic bombers to Anderson Air Base in Guam.