07 February 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
China is reinforcing its claim to disputed islands in the South China Sea by telling the country’s three operators to build 4G networks.
The islands – variously claimed by China as well as Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan – are commonly known as Spratly or Paracel but China calls them the Xisha and Nansha islands and reefs. “To deliver a 4G signal in the South China Sea also shows China has sovereign rights to the area,” said Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea, speaking to the Chinese-controlled Global Times.
South China Sea,