Despite the continued political pressure and ire from other world powers, China seems intent on making its claims and expanding territories in the South China Sea region. According to a new report, Beijing is nearing completion of its illegal construction work on the East Sea reef and despite tensions; it may actually found new allies through Russia and India.
China has occupied the Tu Nghia (Hughes) Reef, located along the heart of the Spratlys, since 1988. From then on, China has been linked to starting construction of a military outpost in the area.
More importantly, the outpost featured a helipad a two-meter-long wall. On top of this, Thanh Nien’s exclusive report revealed that China is nearing completion of a nine-storied building which has been illegally developed on a reef in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands.
It was 2014 when China started getting attention for hauling considerable number of vessels, workers and sappers to the Spratlys reefs for construction. Then on April 15, Thanh Nien went closer to the Hughes Reef to take photos of the illegal development.
Similar to other infrastructure that China built across the East Sea, the building appears to be painted in white. It also features an antenna tower and watchtower.
Countries like the United States have condemned China’s activities in the South China Sea, challenging Beijing’s claim about ownership. There are also other Asia-Pacific countries claiming rights over territories across the region.
While countries like the United States, Philippines and Japan among others expressed concerns and alarm over China’s decisions over the disputed region, Beijing may have found allies via Russia and India.
According to The Diplomat, the foreign ministers of India, Russia, and China put out a joint communique detailing the trilateral agreement of the nations mentioned.
“Russia, India and China are committed to maintaining a legal order for the seas and oceans based on the principles of international law, as reflected notably in the UN Convention on the Law of Sea (UNCLOS). All related disputes should be addressed through negotiations and agreements between the parties concerned,” the statement read.
“In this regard the Ministers called for full respect of all provisions of UNCLOS, as well as the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and the Guidelines for the implementation of the DOC,” the statement added.