Aside from the environmental and ecological impact of the project, the construction of seven artificial islands acting as militarised posts "500 miles from the mainland," is turning up the heat on the already-fragile geopolitical situation found in the South China sea.
The speed and scale of China’s island-building spree have alarmed other countries with interests in the region. China announced in June that the creation of islands — moving sediment from the seafloor to a reef — would soon be completed. “The announcement marks a change in diplomatic tone, and indicates that China has reached its scheduled completion on several land reclamation projects and is now moving into the construction phase,” said Mira Rapp-Hooper, director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington research group.
So far China has built port facilities, military buildings and an airstrip on the islands. The installations bolster China’s foothold in the Spratly Islands, a disputed scattering of reefs and islands in the South China Sea more than 500 miles from the Chinese mainland.
|Nothing new in U.S. taking Canada for granted|
|Build Your Own Peace Accord Between Israel and the Palestinian Territory On This Interactive Map|
|A love letter to my fellow Americans|
|Renouncing U.S. Citizenship Fees Quadrupled|
|Kuwait Has a Gaydar|
|“The Amazon Dash button for horny men and women who don’t feel comfortable telling their partner they’d like to have sex.”|
|“How this religious holiday became the rampant, love-fuelled corp-fest.”|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|U.S.S. Enterprise Owner's Manual|
|“Could we cover an entire desert in solar panels?”|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|Fake Name Generator|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|Testing Whether the Earth is Round or Flat|
|Darth Vader Surfing|
|“When Life Gives You Lemons.”|
|Recycled Vacuum Lamps|