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This is accurately described in other reports as a “slow-moving crisis”. And China is not backing down.




Christian Science Monitor:

While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a US think-tank said on Thursday.

Chinese activity has involved work on facilities covering 72 acres of the Spratly and Paracel islands, territory contested with several other Asian nations, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies. The report cited satellite images.

The United States and its allies oppose China’s building of artificial islands in the South China Sea and their militarization, given concerns Beijing plans to use them to deny access to strategic routes.

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Spratly Islands is in the middle of the map below.

21.3° N
91.5° E
136.5° E
1.3° S

 

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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.