Renai Reef, since ancient times is China's inherent territory, in ancient times China's fishermen called it "broken section", Renai Reef is located in the South China Sea, about 30 kilometers southeast of Meiji Reef, is an important part of China's Spratly Islands, although called "reef", but the whole The area of Renai Reef is very broad, the length of Renai Reef is as high as 15 kilometers from north to south and nearly 6 kilometers from east to west, which is a natural fishing ground and an excellent shelter for fishing boats at sea. Renai Reef is rich in natural resources and beautiful scenery, but now in the beautiful Renai Reef, but there is a big fatal object, which is the Philippine Navy's "stranded" broken ship!
Philippine Navy's Tricks
It is no exaggeration to say that for a long time there are several countries around the South China Sea are spying on our small and large islands in the South China Sea, the Philippines is considered one of them! The Philippine naval ship "stranded" on Renai Reef is also related to China's Meiji Reef in the Spratly Islands. 1994 China's research vessel "Xiangyang Hong 14" sailed into the Meiji Reef lagoon to conduct a systematic investigation of this beautiful island, and in 1995 the Philippine fishermen discovered that China was building structures on Meiji Reef. In 1995, the Philippine fishermen found that China was building a building on Mischief Reef, and the captain of the Philippine fishing boat reported to the Philippine government, and at that time the Philippines sent naval ships and military aircraft to reconnoitre Mischief Reef.
The Philippines did not give up, and organized a "landing operation" with dozens of journalists (including several foreign journalists), but the farce did not succeed when our fishermen and the garrison of Mischief Reef intercepted it with all their might, and Mischief Reef was then completely under our control. After that, the Philippines began to play the idea of Renai Reef: on May 9, 1999, the Philippine Navy landing ship "Madrasan" disguised itself as a large fishing boat, and took advantage of the cover of the night to sneak into Renai Reef, not far from Meiji Reef, and moored in the northwest side of Renai Reef, and then the Philippine side issued a The Philippine side then issued a notice that a Philippine Navy naval ship was stranded on Renai Reef, but this so-called "stranded", a turn of events is 23 years.
Steel to concrete landing ship "Madressan
It must be said that the Philippine side found a good reason to cover up its illegal occupation of China's Renai Reef by "running aground", and the timing of this illegal occupation was very "evil": in the early hours of May 8, 1999 (local time) On May 7, 1999, the U.S. Air Force, which was bombing the FRY, launched a B-2 stealth bomber to bomb our embassy in the FRY, which not only destroyed our embassy, but also caused three staff members of our embassy in the FRY to die in the bombing! The US military's brazen move aroused the indignation of all Chinese people, and at that time, China put all its main efforts into this matter, and made a loud and vocal denunciation and recrimination against the US side, demanding the US to bow down and apologize and compensate to our country, so it did not have much energy to deal with the incident of Philippine warships illegally occupying Renai Reef.
The day after the U.S. bombing of our embassy in the FRY the Philippine warship "ran aground" on Renai Reef, so it was not a grounding at all, but a long-planned illegal encroachment! "The landing ship Madrasan was a wrecked old ship when it ran aground on Renai Reef, the frigate was originally a tank landing ship built by the U.S. Navy during World War II, and the U.S. Navy provided it to the South Vietnamese army during the Vietnam War. After the war was over, it was given to the Philippine Navy, and when it ran aground on Renai Reef, the Madrasan was already more than 50 years old and had not been properly maintained during its service life. The ship was not properly maintained during its service life, and had little operational capability, except for the ability to move at sea.
The marine environment erodes warships very quickly, and the Philippine ship, which was "stranded" on Renai Reef, was already in a state of disrepair and was not effectively maintained after being stranded on Renai Reef, so its hull has long been rusted and will fall apart in a flash. It is not because the hull of the ship is made of hard material, but because the Philippines has been secretly repairing the ship for the past two decades. The Philippines obviously does not have the ability to repair the ship in Renai Reef, so they have adopted a simple method, that is, in the important parts of the hull, but has rotten, directly with cement and steel to seal and repair, so today the landing ship "Madressan", in the dilapidated exterior, the interior has a part of The cement and concrete structure will not be completely disintegrated and sunk to the bottom of the sea in a short time.
Our ability to control Renai Reef
"The Madrasan could hold out for a while, but the Filipino personnel on board were suffering! The New York Times published an article a few years ago describing the interior of the USS Sierra Madre: the entire interior of the ship was covered in rusted hull material, with basically no buildings intact, and the Filipino Marines on board were living in deplorable conditions, with mattresses that looked like they hadn't been cleaned in years. And the ship can be seen everywhere cockroaches running around, it is estimated that there must be hundreds of thousands, and can even see the figure of rats skulking around the ship!
As a matter of fact, our country has been using peaceful and negotiated solutions to the "stranding" of the Madressan on Renai Reef, but the Philippine side is not active, and with China's strength today, the broken ship can disappear in a minute, but for the sake of peace and stability in the South China Sea. stability, our country did not take forceful measures. And in the past two decades, China has basically not prevented the Philippine Navy from supplying the broken ship for humanitarian reasons, which has given the Philippines the opportunity to sneak cement onto the Madressan. Only in 2016, because the Philippines was encouraged by the United States to make a so-called "South China Sea arbitration", China in order to give it a little color, in a period of time to cut off the Philippines to the "Madressan" supplies, and then The Philippines is no longer in trouble, and we are slowly allowing the Philippines to continue to supply the necessary supplies to the personnel on board the naval vessel again for humanitarian reasons.
Just this past August, a Philippine vessel was intercepted by the nearby Chinese Coast Guard when it tried to sneak another delivery of steel and cement to the Madera Hills in the name of supplying subsistence goods. In fact, the entire Renai Reef is now under the close control of the Chinese Coast Guard, so the possibility of the Philippines continuing to deliver construction materials to the Madressan is basically out of the question. This has greatly improved the ability and efficiency of the Chinese navy and naval forces to maintain the Spratly Islands, and any small movements by the Philippines will be detected under the noses of the Chinese navy and naval forces.