Tai­wan builds a light­house in S. China Sea

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan is build­ing a light­house on Taip­ing Is­land (also known as Itu Aba) which will be com­pleted by the end of Septem­ber, the Mar­itime and Port Bureau said on Aug. 7.

Reach­ing 13.7m above sea level, the light­house will have a range of 10 nau­ti­cal miles. It will also be au­to­mated and regularly main­tained, the bureau added.

With an area of 0.49 square kilo­me­ters, Taip­ing Is­land is the largest of the Spratly Is­lands in the South China Sea, which have been at the cen­ter of heated ter­ri­to­rial dis­putes in­volv­ing Tai­wan, China, Viet­nam, the Philip­pines, Malaysia and Brunei in re­cent years.

Build­ing the light­house could im­prove nav­i­ga­tional safety, pro­tect the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and serve in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for the Re­pub­lic of China, the bureau said.

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