WASHINGTON: China appears to be carrying out preparatory work for a third airstrip in contested territory in the South China Sea, a US expert said on Monday, citing satellite photographs taken last week.
The photographs taken for Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think tank on Sept. 8 show construction on Mischief Reef, one of seven artificial islands China has created in the Spratly archipelago.
The images show a retaining wall around an area 3,000 meters (3,280 yards) long, matching similar work by China on two other reefs in the Spratlys, Subi and Fiery Cross, said Greg Poling, director of CSIS's Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI).
Every country will just 'criticizes' illegal action of the Chinese but none has the courage to counter their actions.
Let them spend the money and build as much as they want. Indian submarines will be able to blast the underlying reefs when the war breaks out...and it will be bye - bye airstrip ' s and everything else that sits on these reefs.
china wants war... war it will get
I fail to see what the fuss is all about. In the event of any conflict, a runway can be rendered ineffectual with just one cruise missile. If the disputed islands upgrade their military capabilities to the point they present a threat to the United States, I would imagine they would added to the long list of targets pre-programmed for attack by ballistic missiles.
A little sunami around these islands can take care of chinese...underwater nuclear test by Australia will be highly appreciated.
Keep on buying more chinese products, they will build many such air strips inside Indian Border as well.
China's ambition is dangerous for the world , history has shown what Germany has done in 19th century ..
worlds most notorious encroach er, its aggression will result in its doom, world history says
now India, US and Australia should build similar airstrip in these region to contain china
Another Alarm - Yesterday there was news that Russia is building airbase in Syria and now news about advancement of China. I dont wish but it's not a good sign. It's a part of plots of next world war.
No one could stop it !
C mon USA be generous, you have 1000 military bases in 100 nations.
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These orientals will die soon...