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Taiwan's southernmost lighthouse completed in South China Sea

Taiwan's southernmost lighthouse completed in South China Sea

Taipei, Oct. 24 (CNA) Taiwan has finished construction of its southernmost lighthouse located on Taiping Island in the South China Sea, the Maritime and Port Bureau said Saturday, adding that the lighthouse could both improve navigational safety and assert the nation's sovereignty. The 12.7 meter-tall lighthouse will help guard Taiwan's various national interests, said the bureau's deputy head Lee Yun-wan (???). The Taiping lighthouse has a range of 10 nautical miles, while it will also be automated and regularly maintained, Lee said. It is unlikely that the lighthouse will be affected by the two lighthouses on Huayang Reef and Chigua Reef in the South China Sea, which the Chinese government inaugurated earlier this year, Lee said in response to media inquiries. The Chinese lighthouses are far away from the Taiping lighthouse, he explained. With an area of 0.49 square kilometers, Taiping Island is the largest of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, which have been at the center of heated territorial disputes involving Taiwan, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei in recent years. Taiwan has improved airport facilities on the island and is also building a wharf, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, ensuring that the island can be used for humanitarian tasks, the Ministry of National Defense said. (By Chen Wei-ting and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-25 12:10 GMT+08:00