BEIJING: China may build mobile nuclear power plants in the South China Sea, state media reported on Friday, days after an international tribunal dismissed Beijing's vast claims in the strategically vital waters.
"Marine nuclear power platform construction will be used to support China's effective control in the South China Sea," the website of the state-run Global Times cited the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) as saying on a social media account.
The Global Times cited the report as saying that "marine nuclear power platforms will be used" in the islands and reefs of the Spratly chain in the contested sea "to ensure freshwater".
The original report was deleted from CNNC's account on social media platform WeChat on Friday, and a staffer at the firm told AFP that it "needed to confirm" its accuracy.
"In the past, the freshwater provision to troops stationed in the South China Sea could not be guaranteed, and could only be provided by boats delivering barrels of water," the Global Times cited the report as saying.
"In the future, as the South China Sea electricity and power system is strengthened, China will speed up the commercial development of the South China Sea region," it added.
India - 12 hours ago
might is right! The US, France, UK, Russia all did that. Why not China?
When India becomes strong enough, it will also do the same. Watch and see.
It is up to Japan, India, Vietnam and The Philipines to enforce Arbitration judgement.
China just likes to make noise like a trapped mouse it cannot occupy south china sea even a kid would understand that. America should get a couple of Aircraft carriers near Chinese borders that will settle everything.
Japan was controlled out of his arrogance during world war II by nuclear bomb attack and now what ? Do China may also need same treatment to curtail their ego and arrogance ? who will do it ? is it USA again ?
Well, it''s much more easier to defeat china, just shoot the nuclear reactors and all Chinese troops are dead
Chinese arrogance is crossing tolerable limits. Its intimidating bully tactics will backfire one day, and it will be too late.
This dangerous plan has to be nipped in the bud. If there is another world war, it will be due to China.
Why not put it in your land greedy Chinese, not into the body of seas not yours
China wants to become the new big brother.