China stakes claim to South China Sea by building islands in the Spratlys

South China SeaThe South China Sea, believed to hold large deposits of oil and natural gas, is contested by the governments of countries surrounding the Sea, as well as by China.

Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Malaysia all control islands in the South China Sea. But China claims almost the entire South China Sea, rejecting rival claims from Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei.

South China Sea - China's claimIn 2012, China declared the region a “core national interest,” and it has been increasingly aggressive in asserting control over it, deploying an aircraft carrier in 2013, and moving an enormous oil rig into the area earlier this year.

Now, China is building its own islands, including a suspected air base, by dredging millions of tons of rock and sand and piling it on top of submerged reefs in the Spratlys.

Below is a BBC news video on some of China’s construction sites projects on five different reefs, including one that appears to be a concrete runway long enough to accommodate fighter jets.

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~StMA

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5 responses to “China stakes claim to South China Sea by building islands in the Spratlys

  1. Not a surprise. The USA did the same on Johnston Island during World War II. But this points out the need to establish “facts on the ground” in the areas claimed by the PRC. Once there are troops, however few, on a bit of land, It raises the stakes for anybody who also has a claim. We need to coax our allies into doing the same on other islands or let them go to the PRC by default.

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