Tensions are not letting up in the South China Sea region as countries like Japan and China mull over the use of warships and nuclear technologies. Japan just sent a warship to the Philippines for a visit while Bejijing is reportedly sending nuclear warships in the disputed region despite tensions.
It was reported previously that China is gearing up to build nuclear plants in the South China Sea. This has prompted concerns on national security and the environment but the country seems unfazed with the opposition to its territorial ambitions.
According to The Daily Mail, the first of the nuclear ships are presently being assembled in Huludao, Liaoning, north-east China. These ships could eventually offer energy to the artificial islands in the region – as reported by People’s Daily Online. This has sparked concerns that if China succeeds in deploying such then the country would find it even easier to assume command over the disputed region. The report also added that the announcement came after expert review of specialists from Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Co Ltd, a subsidiary of China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC).
How the deployment spells for the rest of the dispute will be determined once China gets everything into play.
As China continues its plans to dominate the South China Sea, other countries are making a move to prevent such aggression in the region as well. According to Channel News Asia, Japan just sent a warship to the Philippines for a visit which also consequently marks the second time in just three weeks that Japanese naval vessels sailed into Subic Bay.
“We want to deepen the relationship with the Philippines,” explained Ise Captain Masaki Takada to the press who were also given the chance to tour the vessel. However, the official denied commenting if Japan came across Chinese vessels during its journey. Along with the Philippines, Japan previously called out China on its territorial ambitions in the South China Sea.
“This visit will further strengthen our relationship with them. We have a strong relationship with them already but we want to enhance that,” added Filipino Navy Captain Samuel Felix.