China is Building a Two-Mile Island in the Sea

By Gary Cutlack on at

A disputed part of the South China Sea appears to be the location for a particularly grand design, with China apparently building a 3km island by heaping sand atop an existing reef.

The small Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands is where suspicious activity has been spotted on satellite photos, with observers suggesting it's a literal land grab in the island chain that's also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Some small buildings have been plopped on the reefs over the years to make various territorial claims, but this enormous sandcastle, big enough to house a runway and with what looks like a harbour on one side, is quite the statement of ownership. [Janes via Time]