Zhubi Reef lighthouse comes to life
expert on Southeast Asian studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.
He said the lighthouse will provide information about hydrology and weather, including typhoon warnings, to passing vessels.
“It can also provide waterway information, such as which channels are busy,” he added.
He suggested having rescue personnel live on the island.
Li Jinming, a professor of maritime policy and law at Xiamen University, said the lighthouses that China has built in the South China Sea are a testimony to its efforts to safeguard navigation freedom and security.
“The US, Japan and the Philippines have challenged China on that. And the glowing lighthouse is a silent answer.”
Lighthouses are part of China’s efforts to perform its responsibilities in maritime search and rescue, response to natural disasters and marine environmental protection, the Transport Ministry has said.
Xinhua contributed to this story.