Zhubi Reef light­house comes to life

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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.

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