WASHINGTON – Beijing has vowed to ignore a Hague-based tribunal’s ruling that dismisses China’s nine-dash-line claim in the resource-rich waters of the South China Sea, and the following satellite image may explain why.
The picture, released from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) at Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies, shows Chinese construction on Cuarteron Reef.
Cuarteron Reef is located in the London Reefs on the Western side of the Spratly Islands. China has reclaimed approximately 231,100 square meters of land (approximately 58 acres) in the Cuarteron Reef alone, according to AMTI.
In the summer of 2014, China rapidly developed the land with significant dredging and construction and is believed to have built the following: multiple support buildings, five possible communication antennas, a radar facility and two radar towers under construction, two helipads, a large multilevel military facility, a satellite-communication antenna, and five possible gun or missile emplacements.
- CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe/Reuters