CHINA appears to be building military-grade radar on key shipping routes, in a move that’s filling other world powers with fear.
Satellite images show what look like high frequency radar, communication towers and observation posts under construction on Cuarteron Reef, the southern most of a chain of seven disputed islands in the South China Sea.
The images were released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in the US shortly after 3000m runways were spotted at nearby reefs built up by China.
China claims the construction work is purely for civilian use, but Gregory Poling from CSIS told news.com.au it would be “over the top” for non-military purposes in the region.
“We noticed the poles that seemed to indicate radar,” said Mr Poling, head of the CSIS Asian Maritime Transparency Initiative. “It will increase China’s ability to patrol and monitor the South China Sea.”