South China Sea Tensions Escalate as China Unveils Plans for Lighthouses

China unveiled a military strategy on Tuesday to project naval power further from its own shores and announced plans for two lighthouses on reefs in the South China Sea, moves likely to increase tensions with Washington and regional powers over the disputed waters.
A white paper issued by China’s state council, or cabinet, said the navy will shift from a policy of defending offshore waters to a combined goal of “offshore waters defence and open seas protection”.
Several regional powers including the Philippines and Vietnam have overlapping claims in the South China Sea, one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.