China to build nuclear plants in South China Sea
China is planning to build new nuclear plants in South China Sea, state media reported on Friday. This announcement comes days after the UN-backed International Tribunal said China has no legal rights over South China Sea islands. With this announcement, China has rejected the tribunal’s verdict.
“Marine nuclear power platform construction will be used to support China’s effective control in the South China Sea,” the website of the state-run ‘Global Times’ quoted the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) .
The ‘Global Times’ reported that “marine nuclear power platforms will be used” in the islands and reefs of the Spratly chain in the contested sea to ensure freshwater”.
The report added that in the past, freshwater provision to troops stationed in the South China Sea could not be guaranteed and could only be provided by boats delivering barrels of water.
The latest report is the latest of the aggressive responses China gave after the tribunal rejected its claim for South China Sea.
The tribunal backed the Philippines’ case that there was no legal basis for Beijing’s claims which extend almost to the coasts of neighbouring states.
It also found that China’s activities had inflicted damage to fragile ecosystems and caused serious harm to endangered species.
The state-backed website quoted China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) engineer Zhu Hanchao as saying that 20 marine nuclear platforms were in development.