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US vs Bullying China

US vs Bullying China

Just like they created the great wall of China in the 5th, 8th and 14th centuries, the only man made structure visible from space, so the Chinese have set about in this, the 21st century to create fortifications of a similar scale.

The land reclamation in the Spratlys represents the greatest structure created by man, and again, similar to the great wall, an engineering feat in defence of the the realm, this time not to keep out the Mongols to the North, but the United States’s professed ‘pivot to Asia‘.

Updated December 14th, 2016 – China appears to have installed weapons, including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, on all seven of the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea. Pictures added below.

Updated June 24th – Mischief Island. Chinese state media reports on island.

May 20th 2015: CNN decided to fly a plane along with the American military over a set of islands, known as the Spratly or Nansha Islands, located in the South China Sea.

Images show one of the greatest geo-forming feats in engineering history, the creation of up to six islands, along with airstrips and deep harbors, multistory buildings and runways, all in under 2 years.

Here’s a map of the islands China currently has it’s attention on.

Spratly Islands - South China Sea
Territorial claims and developments in the Spratly archipelago. South China Sea. (the Economist)

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Spratly Islands. Before and after pictures: September 2015

Spratly Islands. Before and after pictures: September 2015

Despite having said the building had stopped, the Chinese have been busy. The Spratly islands is surely the greatest reclamation project in the history of man.

Spratly before and after photos

These before and after pictures from the Spratly archipalego were taken from Australia’s ABC.
The original article can be found here.

Before and after: China builds artificial islands in South China Sea

The installations are not visible, as the photo’s are exclusively satellite.

I’d like to see the Chinese release pictures of the facilities at a more natural angle.

If I come across such pictures, I’ll be sure to post them in a later post.

For now, we are led to believe that the following facilities have been installed on the new islands –

  • Landing strips
  • Helipads
  • Cement plants
  • Air defense guns
  • Radar
  • Satellite masts
  • Lighthouses

Read more of the article below.

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