artificial islands

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CogitAsia Podcast: How to Build an Artificial Island

By CogitAsia, 27 May 2016 The CogitAsia podcast explores how China is building artificial islands in the South China Sea . Dr. John McManus of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School gives a step by step guide to construction and describes the techniques China has used in building up reefs in the South China Sea. … Continue reading

China’s Construction of Artificial Islands Could Lead to Permanent Ecocide

By Hannah Beech Time, 1 June 2016 Most ecologically harmful is China’s construction of artificial islands, which biologists say could lead to permanent ecocide. From his living room in the Chinese fishing port of Tanmen, Pu Xidong offers up a giant-clam shell for $1,200 — a great deal, he says, for a bivalve that can live … Continue reading

China to Develop Floating Nuclear Power Plants?

By Michael Forsythe The New York Times April 22, 2016 All the radar systems, lighthouses, barracks, ports and airfields that China has set up on its newly built island chain in the South China Sea require tremendous amounts of electricity, which is hard to come by in a place hundreds of miles from the country’s … Continue reading

China’s Island Building in the South China Sea: Damage to the Marine Environment, Implications, and International Law

v Research report by Matthew Southerland, Policy Analyst, Security and Foreign Affairs U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, April 12, 2016. Introduction From December 2013 to October 2015, China built artificial islands with a total area of close to 3,000 acres on seven coral reefs it occupies in the Spratly Islands in the southern part of … Continue reading

China 2nd ranking general visits disputed Spratly islands

Gerneral Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, recently inspected artificial islands that the country is occupying in the disputed Spratly archipelago, according to a brief statement released by China’s Defense Ministry on Friday, April 15. The Central Military Commission is China’s most powerful military commanding agency and chaired by President Xi Jinping. … Continue reading

Halt reef destruction in South China Sea

Author:  Elizabeth M. P. Madin Nature Correspondence, Nature Volume 524, p. 291 (20 August 2015) China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea has raised geopolitical concerns (see go.nature.com/tmrpih). It is also destroying coral reefs on a large scale — together with their fragile ecosystems. This loss of reef habitat is estimated from high-resolution satellite imagery … Continue reading

Dredging in the Spratly Islands: Gaining Land but Losing Reefs

Dredging in the Spratly Islands: Gaining Land but Losing Reefs Camilo Mora, Iain R. Caldwell, Charles Birkeland, John W. McManus PLoS Biology March 31, 2016 Citation: Mora C, Caldwell IR, Birkeland C, McManus JW (2016) Dredging in the Spratly Islands: Gaining Land but Losing Reefs. PLoS Biol 14(3): e1002422. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1002422   Abstract Coral reefs on remote islands and … Continue reading

Networked Transparency: Constructing a Common Operational Picture of the South China Sea

Authors: Dr. Van Jackson, Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper, Paul Scharre, Harry Krejsa, and Commander Jeff Chism Center for a New American Security I. Introduction The South China Sea is strategically important and resource-rich, crucial to the lifeblood of U.S. and Indo-Pacific economies. Roughly one-third, or $5 billion, of the world’s commercial shipping passes through its waterways annually. … Continue reading

Sat images show Beijing is deploying more air defense systems to the disputed Woody Island

A Glimpse Into China’s Military Presence in the South China Sea Stratfor Analysis Widely published satellite imagery from Feb. 14 shows the presence of new Chinese air defense systems on Woody Island in the South China Sea, highlighting continuing maritime frictions in the area. But new imagery obtained by Stratfor provides a higher-resolution view of the … Continue reading

What is China doing in the South China Sea?

What is China doing in the South China Sea? Leszek Buszynski Australian Outlook China’s militarisation of its claims in the South China Sea are an attempt  to force ASEAN claimants into negotiating a resolution on Chinese terms and not according to international law, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and … Continue reading

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