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China building military base in the Spratly Islands to control entire South China Sea; drops plans to invade Philippines’ Zhongye Island

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Spratly Islands Map

The following is based on translations from Chinese media:

On February 12, I said in my post “China to Build US$5 Billion South China Sea Military Base at Fiery Cross Reef” that according to an informed source, China would spend US$5 billion to build a military base and a fishery/fish farming base respectively on Fiery Cross and Mischief Reefs.

Before that, the PLA had drawn up a plan to seize Zhongye Island back from the Philippines for control of the South China Sea but the central authority did not approve the plan.

As the military base will serve as an unsinkable aircraft carrier in the middle of the South China Sea, the cost of US$5 billion is not excessive.

Soon afterward this, there were reports that China was conducting intensive reclamation on some reefs in the South China Sea including Johnson South, Cuarteron, Hughes, Gaven and Eldad Reefs. The artificial island built on Cuarteron Reef seemed the largest.

On September 2, I said in my post “The Conundrum of China’s Haste in Building Artificial Islands on Disputed Reefs” that unexpectedly, the artificial island on Cuarteron Reef was the largest island. At that time, there was no news about the intensive reclamation on Fiery Cross Reef that began in August.

In 1988, China built a structure for a garrison on that reef. Before that, Fiery Cross Reef was just a rock in the South China Sea. After less than 3 months of reclamation, there is now an artificial island of 0.96 square kilometres, bigger than the Taiwan-controlled Taiping Island of 0.5 square kilometres, which was previously the largest island in the Spratly group.

Informed source says that the artificial island is being expanded to the size of 2 kilometres for an air and naval base. As the reef is located in the middle of the South China Sea, the base on the artificial island will enable China to control the entire South China Sea.

What about the artificial islands being built on other six reefs? It is likely that they will be used for fishery, fish farming and tourism to bring economic returns for China’s huge investment in the reclamation.

However, it is possible that China will turn all of them into military bases for overwhelming military superiority there. Due to such superiority, except for the United States, no countries will dare to fight a war with China in the disputed sea areas there.

Source: huanqiu.com – “China has turned Fiery Cross Reef into the largest island in the Spratly, bigger than Taiwan’s Taiping Island” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based 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 building military base in the Spratly Islands to control entire South China Sea; drops plans to invade Philippines’ Zhongye Island

  1. “no countries will dare to fight a war with China in the disputed sea areas there”, that assumption will going to kill you someday! remember that also what the NAZI’S thought and the rest are history.


    Posted by vic2r (@deadlyviruz) | October 24, 2014, 9:19 pm


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