China is planning to deploy a live fish carrier to Mischief Reef in the South China Sea’s disputed Spratly Islands, according to the Beijing-based China Science Daily.
The news comes just months after China removed the Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil platform from waters near the disputed Paracel islands, which had given rise to widespread protests and anti-China sentiment in Vietnam.
Mischief Reef is claimed by Taiwan, China, the Philippines and Vietnam, although it is currently under Chinese administration. Likely in an attempt to solidify their control over the region, Beijing is planning to deploy a 200,000-ton live fish carrier to the waters around the reef. The paper stated that it is time for China to pay more attention to the natural resources beneath the South China Sea.
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