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Launch of Beijing’s New Dredger May Spark Concerns of Renewed Island Building in South China Sea

Poster:Post date:2017-11-07
Catergory:Comments
Region:(Regional Issues)
Issue:(South China Sea Disputes)
(South China Morning Post, By Laura Zhou and Kristin Huang) China celebrated another maritime milestone on Friday as a new home-grown dredging vessel, described as one of the world’s most advanced, began water tests. The 140-metre-long, 28-metre-wide Tian Kun Hao, which took to the water at Qidong in eastern Jiangsu province, was described by some local media as “Asia’s most powerful island maker”. Given Beijing’s earlier island-building activities in the South China Sea, such a description could easily cause alarm among regional neighbours, especially as the new vessel will replace the Tian Jing Hao – which was used extensively for such purposes – as Asia’s largest.  
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