China has been building up its defences in the South China Sea to ward off any attack on the disputed waters which they claim to own. Associate Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House, Bill Hayton, has claimed China wants to “hide” nuclear submarines in the middle of the disputed waters as a defence strategy. Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “I think China has several objections in the South China Sea.
“Underlining it all is a belief that the rocks and the reefs within this nine-dash line belong to China.
“My own historical research has shown that that’s a bit of a myth. China didn’t claim the rocks and reefs in the southern part of the sea until WW2.
“The idea that this is an ancient historic claim is wrong.
“But it also, I think is looking to extract oil and gas as well as harvest all the fish in the South China Sea.
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“I also think it wants to hide its ballistic missile nuclear submarines in the deep waters in the middle of the South China Sea as a strategic defence for nuclear retaliation.
“I think there are a number of different reasons behind China’s actions.”
China has previously been exposed for building an “Underwater Great Wall” in the international waters of the South China Sea to spy on surrounding countries.
China has been building a series of surveillance platforms spanning parts of the South China Sea.
Situated close to the Paracel and Spratly Island, they will increase China’s radar coverage of the South China Sea.
China currently monitors vessels with multiple sensors deployed at depths of up to 2,000 meters below sea level named the “Underwater Great Wall”.
It comes as the Philippines lodged a diplomatic protest over what it said was China’s illegal confiscation of fish aggregating devices from Filipino fisherman in a disputed lagoon held by Beijing in the South China Sea.
The Philippine foreign ministry said the incident happened three months ago at the Scarborough Shoal, a prime fishing site seized by Beijing in 2012 after a standoff that prompted an unprecedented international legal challenge by Manila.