It may not sound like much, but a $2 billion investment in an artificial Reef in the South Chinese Sea could save millions of lives.
The South China Seas is home to more than $5 trillion worth of minerals, including precious metals and other valuable commodities.
There is no better place for the US Navy to invest in the seas than the South East China Sea, which includes islands like the Paracels.
The reef is expected to be completed by 2020.
But the construction of a new artificial reef is not a new idea.
For years, the US has been working to construct artificial reefs in the disputed South China seas.
In the past, the Navy has also sought to acquire valuable minerals and sea floor features in the area.
But, in recent years, Congress has stepped up its support for the artificial reef project, and the Pentagon has approved a $1.5 trillion aid package for the construction.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Pentagon said the South Korea-China border is the most important international border in the world, and its construction would help secure the entire region.
“As the United States and China have grown closer in the past several years, there has been an increasing concern that the South and East China Seas could become a flashpoint in the international security and economic relationships,” said Rear Adm.
Matthew Klunder, the head of the Pentagon’s Joint Task Force for Southeast Asia.
The Pentagon said it would be up to the Chinese to decide how to proceed with the project, but the plan includes the construction and maintenance of artificial reefs along the Spratly Islands, an area of about a million square kilometers.
Klunder said the construction would allow the US to use the region’s valuable marine resources to boost its economic and military capabilities.
He said the project will also help the US keep an eye on China’s behavior and its expansionist activities in the region.