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Is China building islands in international waters?

Is China building islands in international waters?

The manmade islands span an incredible almost 3200 acres of new land, according to research by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative. The space which the islands now occupy was previously not considered territory under International Law.

Is China building artificial islands?

Since 2013, China has engaged in unprecedented dredging and artificial island-building in the Spratlys, creating 3,200 acres of new land, along with a substantial expansion of its presence in the Paracels.

How many islands has China built in the South China Sea?

China has fully militarized at least three artificial islands it built in the South China Sea, U.S. Indo-Pacific commander Adm. John C. Aquilino told the Associated Press.

Is China violating the Law of the sea?

In 2016, a UN tribunal concluded China violated UNCLOS for operating within the Philippines’ EEZ, interfering with fishing and petroleum activity, constructing artificial features, and conducting law enforcement activity that led to near-collisions at sea.

Why is China building bases in the South China Sea?

The first country to build a new military base in the Asia-Pacific after the Cold War was China. It did so at Yalong Bay on Hainan Island at the northern edge of the South China Sea during the late 2000s. The ostensible reason for building the base was to better assert China’s sovereignty claims over the waters.

What islands does China claim?

The Spratly Islands dispute is an ongoing territorial dispute between China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Brunei, concerning “ownership” of the Spratly Islands, a group of islands and associated “maritime features” (reefs, banks, and cays etc.) located in the South China Sea.

Is China building artificial islands in the South China Sea?

From December 2013 to October 2015, China built artificial islands with a total area of close to 3,000 acres on seven coral reefs it occupies in the Spratly Islands in the southern part of the South China Sea.

How do the Chinese decide where to build islands?

“The Chinese decide where to make islands by looking at the furthest possible range of planes, and radio stations, and then work where they need to build to make sure they have every area covered. Currently they have a neat triangle with range that extends across most of the South China Sea,” says Patalano.

Why is China building a military base on the Great Barrier Reef?

Building a military base on the reef would guarantee China coverage of the whole of the South China Sea, in terms of radio and military range. China claimed the reef in 2012, but the U.S. warned them not to carry out any reclamation works as they have done elsewhere because the islands are part of international territory.

How many coral reefs has China dredged from the sea?

Since then, China has expanded at least seven reefs and islets in the sea with sand dredged from the ocean floor, including Subi Reef, Mischief Reef, Johnson Reef, Hughes Reef, Gaven Reef, Fiery Cross Reef and Cuarteron Reef. According to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, Beijing has created more 3,200 acres of new land.