The “massive island-maker” is a ship launched from a northern Chinese port. It is reported the ship can dig “6,000 cubic meters an hour, the equivalent of three standard swimming pools”.
China has been slowly but steadily building its influence in the South China Sea, militarizing its multiple ‘man made islands’ in the process. Military-length runways, surface-to-air missile systems, and associated radar installations have become commonplace.
Now it seems China is looking to turbo-charge is island making efforts, announcing the development of a “massive island maker” vessel in the region.
The ship, capable of building artificial islands of the sort the country has constructed in the contested South China Sea, was launched Friday at a port in eastern Jiangsu province, according to the state-owned China Daily. The boat named Tian Kun Hao is capable of digging 6,000 cubic meters an hour, the equivalent of three standard swimming pools, reported AFP.
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South China Sea war infowar
Spratly Islands, South China Sea
South China Sea (CS) is estimated to have a population of 0.0 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.0% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 0 million.
Islands in this disputed sea have a total population in the low single figure thousands, mainly military garrisons from CN MY PH TW VN.