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China speeds up building artificial island on Johnson South Reef, in defiance of Philippines protests

Artificial Island on Johnson South Reef

Artificial Island on Johnson South Reef

The following is based on translations from Chinese media:

In mid May, the Philippines protested against China for China’s reclamation of land at Johnson South Reef. An area of 0.09 square km had already been reclaimed.

China is carrying out reclamation to build not only military but also fishing, fish farming and tourism bases on the islands and reefs in the South China Sea.

What counts is not who has taken the islands there but how the islands and reefs are exploited to bring benefit to the claimant.

It seems China is carrying out construction of its facilities at high speed to exploit the islands, reefs and waters there.

According to Philippine Star’s report on August 28, Philippine air reconnaissance found that a heart-shaped white artificial island has been built on Johnson South Reef to replace the reef.

There is a blue building at the centre of the island and a dock being built in the area of reclamation. China seems to have switched from reclamation to planting trees and other plants there including coconut and palm trees. The trees are all grown-up ones transplanted from elsewhere. That is wise as only grown-up trees are strong enough to resist typhoons and protect the buildings and people there.

In addition, according to Philippine fishermen passing by, a dam is being built on the east side of the artificial island. Inside the island, air reconnaissance has found building materials and various kinds of heavy construction machinery.

Source: China Daily “Philippine media: China has built an artificial island on Johnson South Reef: Heavy machinery can clearly be seen from sky” (summary by Chan Kai Yee base on the report in Chinese)


About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


5 thoughts on “China speeds up building artificial island on Johnson South Reef, in defiance of Philippines protests

  1. Once precedent is established and a ship port/ airport built, approved upon the lawlessness will be uncontrollable. As the West continues to struggle with best way to address Chinese aggressions and regional nations too small and helpless, why can an accident of unknown reason happen to this location? Like an explosion of all equipments and reclaimed sand allowing nature to heal the damage!


    Posted by tse yang | August 30, 2014, 8:30 pm
  2. What are they doing….spend money developing the lands that you own. God knows it needs it….

    No stake in this whatsoever but they jut want the world the rile up against them……and the world should…


    Posted by C | August 30, 2014, 8:47 pm


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