Subi Reef

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Subi Reef
Disputed island
Other names:
Zhubi Reef
Chinese: 渚碧礁; pinyin: Zhǔbì Jiāo
Tagalog: Zamora
Vietnamese: đá Xu Bi
Location of Subi Reef
Location of Subi Reef
Location South China Sea
Coordinates 10°54′48″N 114°03′43″E / 10.9133°N 114.062°E / 10.9133; 114.062Coordinates: 10°54′48″N 114°03′43″E / 10.9133°N 114.062°E / 10.9133; 114.062
Archipelago Spratly Islands
Administered by
 People's Republic of China
Claimed by
 People's Republic of China
 Republic of China (Taiwan)

Subi Reef or Zhubi Reef (Chinese: 渚碧礁; pinyin: Zhǔbì Jiāo; Tagalog: Zamora; Vietnamese: đá Xu Bi) is a reef in the Spratly Islands of the South China Sea located 16 miles (26 km) southwest of Philippine-occupied Thitu Island.

It currently falls under the jurisdiction of Nansha islands, Sansha city, Hainan province, China.

Topography and features[edit]

Naturally above water only at low tide, it surrounds a huge lagoon. The People's Republic of China has constructed a 4-story building, a weather observation station with doppler weather radar, wharfs, and a helipad in the area. A buoyed channel guides ships to the inner lagoon which is 3.7 kilometers in diameter.[1][2][3][4]


There are 200 Chinese troops on the reef.[5]

Ownership disputes[edit]

Subi / Zhubi reef is controlled by China (PRC)[5] and claimed by Taiwan (ROC), the Philippines, and Vietnam. In July 2012, a large fleet of 30 Chinese fishing vessels arrived at Zhubi reef from Hainan.[6][7]


  1. ^ Anda, Redempto (17 July 2012). "Government told of China buildup 2 months ago". Philippine Inquirer. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Jingya, Mei (19 July 2012). "China installed radar on Zhubi Reef:Philippine media". Sina English News. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Digital Gazetter of Spratly Islands". Retrieved 2008-03-22. 
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  5. ^ a b DJ Sta. Ana (June 13, 2014). "China reclaiming land in 5 reefs?". Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ Cunfu, Wang (18 July 2012). "Fishing vessels arrive at Zhubi Reef of south China Sea". Xinhua. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Fishing vessels arrive at Zhubi Reef of south China Sea". Global Times China. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 

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