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.
|What Would Happen If Every U.S. State Declared War on Each Other|
|Build Your Own Peace Accord Between Israel and the Palestinian Territory On This Interactive Map|
|Shoe Hurler Copy-Cats|
|Bush policies an utter failure|
|The American Dream?|
|“An ingenious con to squeeze everyone for more money through recurring subscription fees from multiple streaming services.”|
|“We are undergoing the greatest economic transformation in our history, and we are dealing with it by pretending nothing is happening.”|
|“No one is coming to save us.”|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|“The golden age of YouTube [...] is over.”|
|What Nothing Really Means in Seinfeld|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|Recycled Vacuum Lamps|
|“Reality might be a video game.”|
|If Sir David Attenborough Restored Vintage Toys|