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China Builds Pier for War Ships near Disputed Islands in East China Sea

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Beijing has built a pier for war ships that can be used as a military base near the disputed Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu in Chinese) in the East China Sea.

China Builds Pier for War Ships near Disputed Islands in East China Sea

Photo: China Daily / Reuters

Amid escalating tensions between Beijing and Tokyo, a pier for war ships that can be used as a military base, has been built by China near the disputed Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu in Chinese) in the East China Sea.

The new 80-meter-long pier has been constructed on one of the islands in the Nanji chain, near Wenzhou port city, about 100 km closer to the Senkakus than Okinawa and its US military bases. Several warships have already been seen using the pier. According to sources, the facility is equipped with an advanced radar system and a heliport. It can accommodate landing craft and carrier-based helicopters.

Apparently, the construction of the pier is connected with Beijing’s preparedness for possible future confrontations with Japan and the US due to their concern over China’s growing maritime assertiveness. Monitoring of the air defense identification zone, which the country declared over the sea in 2013, has been intensified. The zone still is not recognized by Japan or the US.

As reported, Beijing also plans to build a major China Coast Guard base in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, for enhancing of support for vessels monitoring the Senkaku Islands.

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