Report: China Building Fake Islands Where It Shouldn't
Six countries claim ownership of Spratly Islands in South China Sea
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Jun 11, 2014 2:45 PM CDT
A Chinese vessel is used to expand structures and land on the Johnson Reef, called Mabini by the Philippines and Chigua by China, at the Spratly Islands at South China Sea, Philippines.   (AP Photo/Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, File)

(Newser) – China may be trying to strengthen its claim to islands in the South China Sea by literally building more. NBC News reports by way of local media that a proposal has been filed with the Chinese government that would see one of its observation posts on the Spratly Islands' Fiery Cross Reef turned into an artificial island complete with airstrip and port. The revelation follows a laundry list of similar rumors and moves outlined by Bloomberg: Government officials and fishermen alike are reporting activity throughout the Spratlys—which have been contested for decades by Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and, of course, China—including ships siphoning sand and others unloading cement, wood, and steel near Johnson South Reef in May.

"We’re almost sure that will be a base" for China, said a Philippine official last month; last week, the country's president said similar activity may be happening around two additional reefs. A rep for China's Foreign Ministry had this to say the next day: "Anything China does on any of the islands or atolls is within its sovereign rights, and the Philippines has nothing to do with it." That may not exactly be true: The Johnson South Reef construction may breach a 2002 declaration with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that forbids habitation of any uninhabited island or reef. The Spratlys are made up of some 100 islands and reefs that stretch over an area the size of Iraq, though together they represent about 2 square miles of land; it's an area rich in fish, and possibly oil and natural gas reserves as well.

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iq145
Jun 17, 2014 10:14 PM CDT
The idiots have to do something with all that rock and dirt they get from leveling their mountains so they can build cities. They'll need these new islands too. China is anticipating a population INCREASE now that they're lifting the law against couples only having one child.
Chris Farley
Jun 12, 2014 6:26 AM CDT
China. playing war games with russia. Working with russia and India to use alternative currencies. Is this where they were ramming or being rammed by the NK ships last week.
iq145
Jun 11, 2014 10:30 PM CDT
China China China! One problem after another with them lately! There's this: http://www.newser.com/story/187246/russia-china-sign-landmark-secretive-gas-deal.html and this: http://www.newser.com/story/187236/after-1k-dog-deaths-petco-drops-all-treats-made-in-china.html also: http://www.newser.com/story/187199/mysterious-illness-blows-in-from-china.html not to mention: http://www.newser.com/story/187369/deeply-evil-billionaire-gets-death-penalty.html (Oh, did i mention?: http://www.newser.com/story/187174/china-bans-official-use-of-windows-8.html and especially http://www.newser.com/story/187987/chinas-bulldozing-of-mountains-is-nuts-say-scientists.html )