Thursday, February 25, 2021

China Builds Massive Military Base in South China Sea


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JAKARTA – Alarming new satellite imagery shows that China is building massive military bases on controversial artificial islands in the South China Sea.

A report by geospatial software company Simularity has revealed what appears to be the infrastructure for radars, antennas and what could be a potential military base on Mischief Reef.

Classified as an atoll — a ring-shaped coral reef — located 250 km from the Philippines, the land has been occupied and controlled by the People’s Republic of China since 1995.

The satellite imagery shows construction in seven areas between May 2020 and February 2021.

One satellite image dated May 7, 2020, clearly shows a plot of free space, now occupied by a 16 meter wide cylindrical structure that Simularity claims could be a “possible antenna mounting structure”.

Another shot also shows a concrete structure with a round dome — a weatherproof cover used to protect the radar antenna — a nearby enclosure. Simularity states; “This is probably a fixed radar structure”.

Other sites are still under construction or have been opened for further development.

Dr Jay Batongbacal, director of the Institute for Maritime Affairs Law of the Sea at the University of the Philippines, said the new infrastructure indicated that China was digging.



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