As soon as the runaway is built, China will use it for airplanes, which are now based on the country’s aircraft carriers in the South China Sea, the report reads.
So far, there is an only one Chinese carrier based in the South China Sea and it is not “fully operational,” according to First Post. It is an upgraded version of one of the USSR-era vessels that China bought from Ukraine. But, American experts believe that, by the end of 2020, a lot more carriers for the South China Sea will be constructed by the Chinese military.
Zhu Haiquan, the Chinese embassy spokesperson in Washington, said in the response to the Pentagon report that those facilities on the islands would be essential for the “public good.” For instance, international rescuers would be able to use them for conducting disaster relief operations and for researching purposes.
“China stands ready to open these facilities to other countries upon completion,” Mr. Zhu stated. “We hope the US side will view this in an objective and balanced way and respect regional countries’ efforts to maintain the peace and stability of the South China Sea.”
Important trade routes lie within the South China Sea, making revenues worth $5 trillion annually. Such countries as the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, Brunei along with China currently claim parts of the sea.