Beijing continues to consolidate its maritime ambitions in the South China Sea, detailing a new plan to boost its « open seas protection » in disputed regional territory on the same day it held a groundbreaking ceremony for two lighthouses it built in the area.
China’s Ministry of Defense Tuesday released a report outlining its plans to move away from a policy of air defense to a combined offensive and defensive approach. The strategic shift is intended to ward off « provocative actions » by others against areas China claims, which include Islands, reefs, and the reclaimed land where China has been building facilities close to the Spratly archipelago, Reuters reported.
The lighthouses are among the first facilities intended for civilian use, shoring up China’s claims over an area that includes commercial shipping lanes through which some $5 trillion worth of trade passes annually.
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