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China is anchoring in the South China Sea


About 400 buildings were found on satellite images of a Chinese island in the South China Sea. This suggests that Beijing may eventually deploy marines on the island.

Images of buildings on the reef of Subi, which is closer to the Philippines and Vietnam than to mainland China, were analyzed by Earthrise Media using data from the DigitalGlobe satellites. Since the photos were first received in 2014, the team found many sites, buildings and radar equipment.

In total, about 400 detached buildings were discovered, said founder of Earthrise Dan Hammer. There were more construction works on Subi than on any other island of the South China Sea.

Subi is the largest artificial island in China in the Spratly Archipelago. According to Reuters, there seem to be twice as many buildings as on the two biggest local islands of China.

The latest increase in the number of buildings indicates that a large number of marines may be stationed on the Subi one day.

Last week, the country published a photo of the H-6K nuclear-armed bombers that landed on another site in the South China Sea. The hangars and runways built on the Subi could also accommodate a certain number of similar bombers.

On Wednesday, the United States canceled the invitation for China to participate in the biennal military exercises because of "the prolonged militarization of China in the disputed areas of the South China Sea."

"In short, now China is able to control the South China Sea in a scenario that is not connected with the war with the US," Davidson said last month.

The South China Sea is a disputed area with a high content of natural resources and popular shipping routes. Many Asia Pacific countries are claiming various regions of the sea and its islands.

According to Reuters, China possesses more facilities in the South China Sea (1,652) than other contenders.

Last month, during the hearings, Fleet Commander Philip Davidson said to members of the Senate that the growing presence of China in the South China Sea was a threat to regional military operations in the United States.

He also noted that the Chinese military "implement well-thought-out initiatives for the deployment of forces."

"China states that these facilities would not be used for military purposes, but its sayings do not correspond to their actions." Occupying the territories, China may expand its influence further to the south and increase the project's power far in Oceania. To challenge the American presence in the region, any forces deployed on the island would easily destroy the armed forces of any other contenders in the South China Sea. In short, China is now able to control the South China Sea in all scenarios, i.e. the war with the United States," - said Davidson.

source: businessinsider.com