China sending amphibious ship to the South China Sea: Philippine media

2013-01-09 08:59:06 GMT2013-01-09 16:59:06(Beijing Time)
China’s amphibious warships conduct training session (file photo)China’s amphibious warships conduct training session (file photo)

China is expanding its "naval dominance" over the South China Sea by sending an amphibious warfare ship to the region, the Philippine Star reported on Tuesday, citing a local official in Kalayaan Island.

Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon Jr. reportedly took photos of China’s amphibious warship, believed to be laden not only with amphibious landing tanks but also Chinese marines.

The warship is among six combat ships Beijing has reportedly maintained in the South China Sea.

The report stated China has also "assembled an array of modern warships" in the island province of Hainan and in mainland Guangzhou intended for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) naval operations in the South China Sea.

“The hard fact is that China has been continuously expanding its naval dominance in the region, occupying and developing unoccupied islands in the region. I think they have already occupied three-fourths of the entire region,” Bito-onon said in an earlier interview.

Editor: Mei Jingya
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