China Continues Building in Contested South China Sea

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This image provided by CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe shows a satellite image of Fiery Cross Reef in Spratly island chain in the South China Sea, annotated by the source to show areas where China has conducted construction work above ground during 2017. New satellite imagery shows China has built infrastructure covering 72 acres in the Spratly and Paracel islands during 2017 to equip its larger outposts to be air and naval bases.(CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe via AP)

December 15, 2017
OAN Newsroom

A U.S. think tank uncovers evidence of China’s latest building projects in the heavily contested South China Sea.

On Thursday, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative reported Beijing completed the construction of several facilities on islands in the region over the past year.

The structures include ammunition depots, radar systems, and missile shelters.

They claim China is continuing efforts to create both air and naval bases in what experts have called a “slow-moving crisis.”

Despite critisim from the U.S. and other countries, China considers the island its territory and has threatened force of action if the U.S. attempted to dock at Taiwanese ports.

This comes as the country enters talks with several other Southeast Asian nations to establish a new code of conduct for the waterway, which one official has described as “one of the most dangerous international flashpoints.”

Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands. (Photo/Reuters)