29 Aug '14, 1pm

China expands runway, harbour at Woody Island #China

China expands runway, harbour at Woody Island #China

China continues to expand Woody Island, the largest of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Satellite imagery shows that since October 2013 China has undertaken substantial land reclamation, harbour redevelopment and other infrastructure construction on the island, which is known as Yongxing Dao by China and Phu Lam Island by Vietnam. China has occupied Woody Island since capturing it from South Vietnam in the January 1974 Battle of the Paracel Islands. Since then, it has established a military garrison, coastal defensive positions, the runway, four large aircraft hangars, communications facilities, and a municipal headquarters. Vietnam claims the Paracels, as does Taiwan. Previous satellite imagery analysis by IHS Jane's shows that between 2005 and 2011 authorities constructed a new harbour on the west side of the island; since October 2013 a breakwater immediately...

Full article: http://www.janes.com/article/42538/china-expands-runway-h...

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