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Tango0114 Dec 2017 8:32 p.m. PST

…Islands In The South China Sea.

"China has built more infrastructure on artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea in the past year, including underground tunnels and radar installations, even as it has sought to repair relations with other claimants, according to an analysis of fresh satellite images.

Beijing's construction of the seven islands in the Spratlys archipelago since 2014 has raised deep concern in the U.S. and much of Asia that China could use them to try to enforce its claims to almost all the South China Sea, one of the world's busiest shipping routes.

China completed land reclamation in the Spratlys in early 2016, but continued such work to expand outposts in the Paracel Islands until mid-2017, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, or AMTI, which released the images…."


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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2017 9:50 p.m. PST

And no one dares stop them.

What does that tell you?

Dan

Personal logo jdginaz Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2017 10:44 p.m. PST

Well, is some people are to be believed all we have to do is wait for the ice to melt and then let the raising sea level sink them.

Funny though that with all the claims that the sea has been rising none of the disputed islands, have gone under yet.

Tango0115 Dec 2017 9:37 a.m. PST

(smile)

Amicalement
Armand

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa15 Dec 2017 9:39 a.m. PST

There was a picture in the newspaper I was reading this morning that looked like there was a dam fleet parked in the lagoon, but it was actually just dredgers, a lot of dredgers! It must be costing the Chinese a fortune, but then this is a country that has cut and filled a valley to expand a city and clearly isn't afraid of big geo-engineering projects. Still sea level rise will get them in the end unless they can keep topping the islands up so to speak (or the global community does something pretty unprecedented) – however if you dredge out large quantities of material you'll probably change the sediment dynamics of 'your' atoll and probably not in an advantageous way.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2017 9:58 a.m. PST

How long before they dredge up something man is not meant to know?

As in Cthulhu or Godzilla.

That would be a great game.

Ponder Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2017 10:11 a.m. PST

Howdy,

Building islands, an answer to aircraft carriers.

Ponder on,


JAS

Personal logo jdginaz Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2017 11:20 a.m. PST

"Building islands, an answer to aircraft carriers."

No they aren't, fixed so easy to target with long range missiles, can't send them to areas that need re-enforcement, and even more expensive to build and maintain.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2017 1:01 p.m. PST

And you can't build them in deep water either. Only in shallower seas, like over reefs.

Dan
PS. Funny how, in all these years, Greenpeace and other environmentalist groups haven't tried to stop the Chinese from ruining those reefs. Makes you wonder how brave and heroic they really are. :)

Tgunner15 Dec 2017 5:04 p.m. PST

Actually, CC, they are pretty smart.

They protest folks that probably won't kill them or send them off to jail for a very long time. Like say a western military. That gets them TV and media time.

Messing with PLAN? Just not a good idea for rainbow warriors!

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2017 5:07 p.m. PST

Pick your enemies carefully. We will never know if there was a Gandhi in Nazi Germany or any Communist countries.

The state as a corporation has a way of terminating troublesome employees.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2017 8:15 a.m. PST

Tgunner, VCarter

Lol, all true. China started working on those reefs since 2012. And nothing was done by the U.N. or the government's in the West until very recently, and then only empty words.

We are just as bad as those loud rainbow warriors.

Of course, if we were to bomb those artificial islands and occupy them, that's when we'll finally hear from Greenpeace and the other eco-warrior fanatics.

Dan
PS. The movie Armageddon (1998) made them look so brave against fictional Western oil drilling platforms in the South China Sea. One of my favorite scenes too: :)
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