The United States now has satellite footage that shows China is getting close to completing a man-made island in the South China Sea. It plans to use to island as an air base, that would give the Chinese military the ability to deploy air-crafts to areas that are in dispute regarding ownership.
Satellite photos conclude runways, air-craft hangers, radar zones, and hardened surface-to-air missile shelters that all are finished or almost at the end stages of completion. This is not the first time China has made an island, actually this is the eighth. They have received much criticism, some of which is from the United States, for this procedure as an attempt to grab debated hot-spots.
From Gateway Pundit:
The new airbase would allow for the Chinese military to deploy aircraft and other necessary resources to areas in the seat where the ownership is hotly disputed. An AP report describes China’s ambition to control territory in the region: The [CSIS] analyzed recent satellite photos and concluded that runways, aircraft hangers, radar sites and hardened surface-to-air missile shelters have either been finished or are nearing completion.
The report, released Monday, appears to be the most conclusive indication yet that China is using its island-building project to give teeth to its claim over almost the entire South China Sea and its islands and reefs. The report from the CSIS claims: “Beijing can now deploy military assets, including combat aircraft and mobile missile launchers, to the Spratly Islands at any time.” China has drawn much criticism following the creation of seven other man-made islands with the U.S. and other countries accusing them of militarizing and expanding in order to validate their claims to geographical hotspots.