First, there were spy photos that showed China is rapidly building man made islands in fiercely disputed areas of the South China Sea.
Then, the BBC published “China’s Island Factory“, and documented the undergoing construction on the islands through the reporter’s “floating trip”.
“China has been moving sand onto reefs and shoals to add several new islands to the Spratly archipelago”, said the New York Times.
Meanwhile, China published its new China map, which lays strong emphasis on it’s claims to the South China Sea.
“Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Malaysia all control islands in the South China Sea, which is believed to hold large deposits of oil and natural gas. In 2012, China declared the region a ‘core national interest’, and it has been increasingly aggressive in asserting control over it, deploying an aircraft carrier in 2013, and moving an enormous oil rig into the area earlier this year”.
The U.S. has sent out surveillance flights over the region, and it’s hard to say what will be China’s next moved. Let’s stay tuned for what’ll happen next.