China Caught Making ‘Air Base On Artificial Island’ In South China Sea

<div id=”post-body-2197916577202401719″ class=”post-body entry-content”>The appearance of these new islands has happened suddenly and is a dramatic new move in a longstanding territorial struggle in the South China Sea.

<a href=”http://commons.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Schina_sea_88.png” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”><img class=”zemanta-img-inserted” title=”Map of the South China Sea” src=”http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a4/Schina_sea_88.png/670px-Schina_sea_88.png” alt=”Map of the South China Sea” width=”670″ /></a> Map of the South China Sea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At the beginning of this year, the Chinese presence in the Spratly Islands consisted of a handful of outposts, a collection of concrete blockhouses perched atop coral atolls.

Now it is building substantial new islands on five different reefs.

We are the first Western journalists to have seen some of this construction with our own eyes and to have documented it on camera<b> …. <a href=”http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/special/2014/newsspec_8701/index.html?OCID=twitterasia” target=”_blank”>http://www.bbc.co.uk</a></b>
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