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US to open new military base in S Korea

(People's Daily)

17:15, November 15, 2011

Edited and translated by Yao Chun, People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.15 (People's Daily Online) --The South Korean military will start to build a military base for the U.S. military on Bailing Island in the sea area west of the peninsula, South Korea's defense ministry on Nov. 14.

The military base will be completed in 2013, and South Korea's defense ministry declined to discuss the scale of the base, what it will be used for as well as its construction background.

According to Yonhap News Agency of South Korea the new base can accommodate more than 160 soldiers — equal to the scale of a U.S. squadron.

After the artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island happened in November last year, South Korea has constantly strengthened the defense on five islands of the West Sea, including Yeonpyeong Island and Bailing Island, and established the defense headquarters of West Islands in June 2011.

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