U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to send a team of U.E. diplomats to South East Asia to help monitor a possible military buildup by China in disputed islands.
The South China Morning Post reports that Guterre will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan on Tuesday.
The meeting comes as China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia are building military outposts in the Spratly archipelago, which is claimed by both countries.
The Pentagon is conducting exercises with allied forces in the area, but the Pentagon has not confirmed any progress on the exercise.
The Spratlys are part of a chain of islands that China claims, and Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan and Indonesia have overlapping claims.
The United States has said it would use its “eyes and ear” capability in the region to help provide “eyes-and-ears” to monitor China’s development of outposts.
It is not clear whether the South China Evening Post would use the U.K. as a point of contact for the deployment, which would come as China has made it clear it wants to see the islands under control of the U and Japan.