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South China Sea: China reclaims land on yet another reef, to show disregard to US, Vietnam and Philippines

Two more pieces of land have been reclaimed on Subi Reef

Two more pieces of land have been reclaimed on Subi Reef

The following is a translation from Chinese media:

In addition to the artificial islands China has been building on Johnson South Reef, Cuarteron Reef, Hughes Reef, Mckennan Reef, Gaven Reef, Eldad Reef, Fiery Cross Reef and Mischief Reef, China has also been building artificial islands on one more reef – the Subi Reef in the South China Sea. It has rapidly reclaimed 1.8 square km of land there.

That proves that China is deliberately disregarding the opposition from the US, Vietnam and the Philippines, by intensifying its construction there.

No airstrips are found on the recent photos of the artificial islands. It proves that the islands, though they can be used as military bases, are now to serve as fishery, fish farming, energy exploitation and tourism bases.

For military purposes, it is not necessary to build so many large artificial islands.

Judging by the large number of Chinese tourists to Phuket and islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, those artificial islands will be good holiday resorts for Chinese tourists. They will attract Chinese investment in hotels, restaurants and other tourism facilities and even holiday villas. When those islands have become prosperous, people will be willing to stay there to engage in fishery, fish farming and oil and gas exploitation.

The islands certainly could be military bases, but there is no need to build military bases there now, as so far there is no military threat.

Ted Laguatan, a San Francisco based human rights lawyer and California State Bar Certified Immigration Law expert, did publish an article “Destroy Chinese military bases in South China Sea now, says Philippines” calling for a war in the South China Sea to destroy Chinese military bases there, but who would dare attack China’s artificial islands now?

First, there are no Chinese military bases there yet. Even if there were, who would dare attack China? The Philippines, Vietnam or Japan? Will they give China the opportunity to take back the islands claimed by China and occupied by them in the South China and East China Seas? Are they strong enough to attack China without US support?

Are American people willing to shed there soldiers’ blood to take islands for another country? Ted Laguatan is but an immigration law expert without political or military common sense.

The Philippines, Vietnam and even the US will not be able to stop China’s exploitation of the natural and tourism resources through the artificial islands.

Recent photos all show that no airstrips have been built on the artificial islands.

It seems unreasonable, as air transportation is indispensable for those islands even if they are used for civil purposes.

China is developing a large amphibious aircraft that does not need an airstrip to land. Moreover, China has developed large ground effect vehicles similar to the Soviet Caspian Monster, with a maximum speed of 500 km/hour for much cheaper, but a little slower, travel to those islands.

Source: qianzhan.com – “Sudden Acceleration of China’s expansion of islands: Two more pieces of land have been reclaimed” (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



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