South China Sea: New PRC structure could be military
Recent satellite imagery reveals a newly-built structure on the edge of Bombay Reef.
SOUTH CHINA SEA — A new Chinese structure in the South China Sea maybe for military purposes, according to a report from an American think tank.
Reuters reports that recent satellite imagery reveals a newly built platform on Chinese-claimed Bombay Reef in the Paracel Islands, that's topped by a radome and solar panels.
The purpose of the new structure is unclear. It could be a navigational aid for transiting ships, but the same function can be served by buoys or an already existing lighthouse.
According to U.S. based think tank The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, it's more likely to be military in nature. This is because the reef is directly adjacent to major shipping lanes that run between the Paracels and Spratly Islands.
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