Thursday, March 5, 2015
Chinese construction work on South China Sea reefs.
The latest aerial and satellite photography shows rapid progress in China's expansion of its outposts in the disputed Spratly islands of the South China Sea through land reclamation, creating artificial islands. US and Philippine officials have criticised these activities as "aggressive" and "destabilising", and much commentary has cast them as alarming and expansionary. However, they are only the latest development in a programme of Chinese consolidation dating back to the 1980s.