BEIJING China has begun handling a beacon on one of a synthetic islands in a South China Sea nearby that a U.S. warship sailed final year to plea China’s territorial claims.
China claims many of a energy-rich waters of a South China Sea, by that about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes each year. But neighbors Brunei, Malaysia, a Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.
China’s ride method hold a “completion ceremony”, imprinting a start of operations during a 55-metre (180-ft) high beacon on Subi Reef, where construction began in October, state news group Xinhua pronounced late on Tuesday.
The U.S. guided barb destroyer USS Lassen sailed within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef in late October, sketch an indignant reprove from China, that called it “extremely irresponsible”.
Subi Reef is an synthetic island built adult by China over a past year or so.
Before Chinese dredging incited it into an island, Subi was submerged during high tide. Under a U.N. Convention on a Law of a Sea, 12-nautical-mile boundary can't be set around synthetic islands built on formerly submerged reefs.
China says most of a construction in a South China Sea is designed to do a general obligations in terms of nautical safety, hunt and rescue and systematic research.
Xinhua pronounced a lighthouse, that emits a white light during night, “can yield fit navigation services such as positioning reference, track superintendence and navigation reserve information to ships, that can urge navigation government and puncture response”.
The South China Sea is an critical nautical area and vital fishing ground, it added.
“However, high trade density, formidable navigation condition, serious necessity in aids and response army have total to bluster navigation reserve and hindered mercantile and amicable growth in a region.”
China has beacon projects on dual other reefs in a area – Cuarteron Reef and Johnson South Reef.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)