The radar on Mischief Reef has been completed; while a radar and helipad are being built on Subi Reef, where buoys are being installed.
The Philippine government and military claim that they have been aware of Chinese side actions.
Philippine Western Command spokesperson Neil Estrella said that in May this year, China built a 4-storey structure on Subi Reef and installed a huge round radar on the structure.
It has also built a helipad there, and installed buoys in a narrow waterway to guide warships in entering Subi Reef.
On the other hand, the Nansha fishing fleet from Hainan arrived at Subi Reef at 10:00 a.m. yesterday to conduct operations. China News Service reporter travelling on the fleet, to collect news, and described the structure on Subi Reef as a castle. They said that the round radar on top of the structure attracted people’s attention.
Commanders of the fleet said that it is affected by southwest wind, and the fishing situation was not satisfactory at Fiery Cross Reef, so that they decided to move to Subi Reef.
- Large Chinese fishing fleet sets out for Nansha disputed territory (chinadailymail.com)
- Chinese patrol ships in the South China Sea (wantchinatimes.com)
- China patrol ships reach South China sea reef (wantchinatimes.com)