China to project power through artificial islands
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China’s creation of artificial islands in the South China Sea is happening so fast that Beijing will be able to extend the range of its navy, air force, coastguard and fishing fleets before long, much to the alarm of rival claimants to the contested waters. Reclamation work is well advanced on six reefs in the Spratly archipelago, according to recently published satellite photographs and Philippine officials. In addition, Manila said this month that Chinese dredgers had started reclaiming a seventh.
China to project power through artificial islands. (2015, February 20). The Philippine Star, p. 6.
Artificial islands; Disputes; Territorial waters; Fishing fleet; Land reclamation; Satellite mosaics; Military operations; IHS Jane's Defence Weekly; China; South China Sea; Philippines; Beijing; Manila; Vietnam; Malaysia; Brunei; Taiwan; Spratly Islands; Hà Nội; Hughes Reef; Fiery Cross Reef; Gaven; Cuarteron Reef; Eldad Reefs
- The Philippine Star