A U.S. think tank says recent satellite images
show China may be building a high-frequency radar system in the South China Sea.
Bruce Harrison joins me live with more on that story.
Bruce, a Chinese radar installment in those disupted waters would further complicate the
balance of power in the region. Exactly, Connyoung. The area in the Spartly
Islands where this radar is possibly being built… is situated near major international
shipping lanes. According to Washington’s Center for Strategic
and International Studies… the images show construction of facilities are nearly complete.
Beijing responded to questions about the radar… saying China has every right to build on its
own territory. “The United States talks about freedom of
navigation, but I fear in its heart what it’s thinking about is absolute maritime hegemony.” The think-tank’s report says a high-frequency
radar would increase China’s ability to monitor sea and air traffic coming from the south
and other important channels.