China lighthouses beckon in Spratlys
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The next time the United States sends warships by China’s man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea, officers aboard will have to decide how, if at all, they will engage with a pair of giant lighthouses that Beijing lit up there this month. Chinese officials say the lighthouses on Cuarteron Reef and Johnson South Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands would help maritime search and rescue, navigational security and disaster relief. Experts, diplomats and foreign naval officers said, however, the lighthouses represent a shrewd move to help buttress China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.
Romero, A. (2015, October 19). China lighthouses beckon in Spratlys. The Philippine Star, pp. 1, 11.
Defence craft; Artificial islands; Disputes; Territorial waters; Lighthouses; International law; Law of the sea; International waters; Institute of South East Asian Studies; US Navy; US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Central Military Commission; Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); Carter, Ash; Clinton, Bill; Fan, Changlong; Xi, Jinping; Coloma, Herminio
- The Philippine Star