China has made it clear that it wants to claim the South China Sea regardless of opposition from other claimant countries. Now, the country apparently seems like it wants to build another Great Wall under the sea, following a mentality that persisted when the original one was built. Can China pull it off?
Underwater Great Wall of China
According to analyses, looking at two recent and interconnected developments from China suggests that the country could have big plans for the South China Sea islands. For instance, China has reportedly been designing a manned deep-sea “space station” to look for mineral sources in the disputed region.
According to Live Science, the proposed location is the most crucial for several seasons. For instance, the South China Sea has become a highly contested area with other claimant countries like the Philippines and Vietnam. Likewise, looking at the area, it is a considerably excellent location. The oceanic base will be around 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) below the surface, housing a full-time crew.
It has not been attempted before, but China seems intent on doing things. Many international parties think that China could use the underwater station for big deep-see initiative which could otherwise be known as the Underwater Great Wall of China. The report added that the underwater wall could also mean a series or a network of floating, submerged sensors capable of detecting enemy submarines.
Great Wall of China Mentality
Another report from Fox News agrees that what China is doing now in the South China Sea could be mimicking the country’s mentality back when it was building the Great Wall. According to the report, while the wall has turned out to be the country’s pre-eminent national symbol of pride and strength, the towering structure also in reality signaled a moment of dynastic weakness.
“Echoes of this history reverberate today in the South China Sea, where China is building massive fortifications—artificial islands dredged from the seabed—to help defend a “nine-dash line” claim that encircles almost the entire waterway and reaches almost 1,000 miles from China’s coastline,” the report said.