Taiwan gov’t to monitor Chinese construction on disputed island

The China Post
Date: arch 16, 2017
By: Stephanie Chao

TAIPEI, Taiwan — After reports of fresh construction by China on a disputed island in

This satellite images show before and after the beginning of construction by China of facilities on North Island of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. (CNA)

the South China Sea, the Presidential Office Wednesday urged all parties in the region to uphold peace and stability.

The government said it would continue to monitor developments, following the release by Reuters of satellite images showing new structures being built on the Chinese-controlled North Island, part of Paracel island group.

An image provided by private satellite firm Planet Labs and taken on March 6 shows land clearing and possible preparation for a harbor on North Island.

Experts cited by Reuters suggested the new structures could be used to support military installations.

Initial work on the island was damaged by a typhoon last year.

Military experts cited by Reuters said the work showed China’s determination “to build up its network of reefs and islets,” while the Chinese government simultaneously looks to avoid a confrontation with the new U.S. President Donald Trump administration.

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