New Surveillance Images Show Beijing's Militarization Of South China Sea

Undisclosed sources, most likely from the Philippine National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), gave the Philippine Daily Inquirer a treasure trove of new surveillance images which depicts Beijing’s drive to militarize the heavily disputed artificially-created islands it controls in the South China Sea.

The super high-resolution surveillance images were published on the Inquirer’s website on Monday but date back from June through December 2017. The photos were snapped around the disputed Spratly islands between the Philippines and Vietnam at an altitude of 1,500 meters (4,921 feet), and show how Beijing transformed the reefs into a network of air bases and naval bases.

Coincidentally, the Philippines also claimed land features in the Spratly Islands, namely on the Fiery Cross, Cuerteron, Gaven, Johnson South, Mischief, Subi and McKennan reefs. Further, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam all have made claims to this region, as well.

One Chinese professor from Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center told the Global Times newspaper, “China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory” in the South China Sea.

Back in December, the U.S. think-tank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (Amti) reported that Kagitingan Reef had the most construction in 2017. In the surveillance picture below, Beijing has almost completed a large-scale airbase for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force on the reef. The base would be the first of its kind and provide air superiority in the South China Sea.

In a more in-depth view, The Inquirer labels Beijing’s strategic assets on the Kagitngan Reef, which happen to be critical systems to operate a large-scale airbase with enough space for a squadron of fighter aircraft.

Last month, the Philippines Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said, “the fact that they are actually using it now as military bases, as far as I’m concerned, is not new. It’s not news because we’ve always been against militarization of the area. But the good faith commitment is not to reclaim new islands. I hope that’s very clear.”

“The point is, has there been a breach of Chinese commitment not to reclaim any new islands or shoal in the area? For as long as there is none, then we continue to respect that they are true to their commitment not to do so. But I think, from the very beginning, China, we knew, was militarizing the area by reclaiming these areas and by using them as military bases,” he added.

The Inquirer outlines the three major airbases in the South China Sea situated on Kagitingan, Panganiban, and Zamora Reefs.

The runways for the three biggest reefs—Kagitingan, Panganiban and Zamora—appeared either completed or almost ready for use. Lighthouses, radomes, communication facilities, hangars and multistory buildings had also been built on the artificial islands. Amti, which described 2017 as a “constructive year for Chinese base building” in the South China Sea, noted the presence of underground tunnels, missile shelters, radars and high-frequency antennas on the artificial islands.

The Inquirer shows how the airbase on Panganiban Reef (as of Dec 2017) has almost neared completion.

The Inquirer further details the cargo ships, military warships, and supply vessels, which have been spotted throughout the Spratly islands providing logistical support to the military installations on the reefs.

Three military ships capable of transporting troops and weapons were docked at Panganiban Reef in a picture taken last Dec. 30. These were two transport ships (Hull Nos. 830 and 831) and an amphibious transport dock (989). The Luoyang (527), a Type 053H3 Jiangwei II class missile frigate, was spotted about a kilometer from Zamora Reef last Nov. 15. This type of war vessel has two quadruple launchers installed amidships. It also has a Type 79A dual-barrel 100 mm gun installed on the bow deck, capable of firing 15-kilogram shells at a rate of 18 rounds per minute over a range of 22 km. Last June 16, the Luzhou (592), a Type 056 Jiangdao class missile frigate, was photographed at Panganiban Reef. China’s defense ministry reported the vessel took part in live-fire exercises in the South China Sea last December. On the smaller reefs—Burgos, Calderon, McKennan and Mabini—the photos showed helipads, wind turbines, observation towers, radomes and communication towers had been built. A photo taken last Nov. 28 showed a single-barrel 100 mm gun had been positioned on McKennan Reef.

Some photographs show cargo ships and supply vessels, which the article said appeared to be delivering construction supplies to the China-controlled islands.

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, a member of the Philippine legal team who fought China’s claim to the South China Sea in the Hague arbitral court, criticized Roque’s position, “comparing it to trusting a thief,” said the Inquirer.

“You don’t rely on the good faith of the thief [who’s trying to break] into your house. If you have that mindset, you rely on the good faith of someone who’s trying to break into your house, that means you’re out [of touch] with reality. You’re in a fantasyland. That’s not how the world is put together. That’s not realpolitik,” Carpio said.

“The biggest [security] problem is China. If we lose [our maritime space in the West Philippine Sea], we lose it forever,” Carpio told the Inquirer in a recent interview, using the local name of the waters within the Philippines’ EEZ in the South China Sea.

“And the area we will lose is huge, as big as the land area of the Philippines, about 300,000 square kilometers,” Carpio said.

And lastly, the Inquirer asks what’s at stake if China becomes the dominant player in the South China Sea:

If the Philippines does not assert its legal victory, it stands to lose 80 percent of its EEZ in the South China Sea, covering 381,000 square kilometers of maritime space, including the entire Recto Bank, or Reed Bank, and part of the Malampaya gas field off Palawan, as well as all of the fishery, oil and gas and mineral resources there, Carpio said. “My estimate is 40 percent of water in the Philippines is in the West Philippine Sea, so that’s 40 percent of the fish that we can catch and we will lose that as a food source,” he said. “Malampaya supplies 40 percent of the energy requirement of Luzon. If Malampaya runs out of gas in 10 years or less . . . we will have 10 to 12 hours of daily brownouts in Luzon. It will devastate the economy,” he added.   

What happens next? Expect China to fully stock the military bases in the preperation for a resource conflict in the South China Sea… 

Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

 Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

 
 
 

Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

Unclassified Full Report: Surveillance Images Images Show Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea via the Inquirer

Comments

Heros Laowei Gweilo Thu, 02/08/2018 - 02:17 Permalink

The US has something like 800 military bases strung across the planet.  Several brand spanking new bases have cropped up in north east Syria.  They have airstrips just like the Chinese build on these islands.

If the US wasn't bullying every country on the entire planet on behalf of their (((masters))), then China wouldn't be building these islands and Russia wouldn't be putting nukes in Kalingrad.

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J Mahoney Heros Thu, 02/08/2018 - 03:23 Permalink

ya, we have a fairly new one in Turkey that we were ordered to leave...Looks like the Chinese printed a lot of money to do all this as well as all the foreign companies and resources they have been buying up. Amazing how a commi country doesnt have to report jack shit factually and they will be soon be considered a "reserve currency"...By the way, Russia's superiority with nuclear subs make it that they can be even over in the black sea and hit us...they dont need any land based nukes except for having the total be bigger.

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Mr... Robot HowdyDoody Thu, 02/08/2018 - 15:24 Permalink

International courts have ruled China is in violation of international law, and must stop, a a couple of years ago. USA is obligated by treaties with Plils and Japs to automatically join in on their side against China, not if but when war breaks out there. That will be the eastern front of the biggest bloodbath in human history when the SHTF. My money is on it going nuclear in Syria, then Ukraine, then South China Sea. With limited nukes in US, Russia, China.

Buckle up, we're in for some chop.

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peterk Lost in translation Thu, 02/08/2018 - 05:03 Permalink

some one leaked these images to the phillipines.... hhhmmm  it seems the US  PROPOGANDA WAR HAS BEGUN

first some  unknown sources of info

then  some hard evidence of  "something" from the  CIA

then the  white house confirms  all that "something"

sprinkle a little  bit if "reports from the " add name here" humantarium society.......

and then thats all the justification  required on  moral grounds

for an invasion  of those islands

 

 

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dognamedabu Thu, 02/08/2018 - 02:23 Permalink

Not a fan of war so I think this is horrible. The area they are building is clearly not theirs to build on. Yet it isn't any of America's business either. Build your own islands for your own people instead of wasting trillions trying to run the world. 

roddy6667 dognamedabu Thu, 02/08/2018 - 02:42 Permalink

You believe that "the area they are building is clearly not theirs to build on." You get your "information" on the subject from the American propaganda machine. If you knew the history of the area, the obvious occupation of the islands by the Chinese for many decades, the wording of all the treaties and many other factors, you would not hold your opinion. However, you will not read anything to correct your erroneous beliefs in the American media.

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lucitanian roddy6667 Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:23 Permalink

And how is it despite the end of WWII over 60 years ago, and the payment of millions by Japan that the US can "own" a myriad of basis in Okinawa and Honshu, and don't tell me about a question of "mutual defence" since those bases are used to send attack aircraft to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. What would such operations have to do with the defence of Japan.

The establishment of anti-missile missile systems in South Korea is hardly to do with the pretended North Korean threat but much more to do with a US threat against Russia and China.

300,000 Chinese troupes on the northern border of N. Korea are there to insure if US unilaterally decides to attack the 1 million standing army of N. Korea will be supported and supplied. An attack on the Korea will be an attack on China and the US knows it.

It is all too clear who is the aggressor. It is high time the US left East Asia to resolve its own matters.

And by the way speaking about involving and manipulating other countries "democratic" elections just take a look at the CIA involvement with the LDP in Japan over the past 60 years....

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COSMOS Thu, 02/08/2018 - 02:28 Permalink

Damn nice construction, these boys are not playing around. Amazing what 1.5 billion people and the world's largest economy can pull off.

Twee Surgeon Thu, 02/08/2018 - 02:40 Permalink

The Ocean looks a little choppy. Photo choppy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_agGCODq-U

Pass around the hat, grab your rods and fuel up the Boston Whaler, let's go and take a look for ourselves. Ain't happening, is it.

Not a plant on those sand bars for a reason, they get Typhooned too often. I'm not saying I know. Only that it all looks Highly Suspect. A little bit hard to Sail by without a government or oil company budget.

Justapleb Thu, 02/08/2018 - 02:42 Permalink

While the US drops bombs, the Chinese build.   

Not a word in the article about the hydrocarbon resources the Chinese are after.   All US propaganda has to maximize the military "threat" and minimize the logical economic justification for this kind of development.

It takes billions to develop those hydrocarbon resources and whoever does it isn't stealing.   The payoff will be their just reward for bearing both the risk and the capital. 

The US and Philippines has sunk a few rusty ships and put up some pathetic pseudo-structures, then whined about the Chinese, who are dredging staggering quantitites of material, then laying down the concrete and steel.  

SoDamnMad ZoSo925 Thu, 02/08/2018 - 06:26 Permalink

The US will fly their asteroid command ship into the sea in the area and the 30 meter tall tsunami wave will wash most of the island into the sea.  The Chinese will then call Larry Silverstein to inquire how to make an insurance claim.  Maybe even the Chinese space station that is to come down next month might be guided into place to assist.

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Davidduke2000 Thu, 02/08/2018 - 03:19 Permalink

It is called China sea  not the us sea for a reason, so the us better crawl back to its continent or its carrier fleet will end at the bottom of the China sea.

Give Me Some Truth Davidduke2000 Thu, 02/08/2018 - 05:53 Permalink

I want to see more images of Iranian (Persian) speed boats harassing U.S. destroyers in the Persian Gulf, 14 miles from some of the most beautiful beaches in Iran.

The really cool satelite images are the ones that show the Iranian bathing beauty, decked out in bikini and burka, shading her eyes from the sun, gazing out at the horizon where the speed boats are trying to scare off the U.S. battleships. You can almost read her lips in the photo the Russians released:

"What the fuck?"

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alphasammae Thu, 02/08/2018 - 03:41 Permalink

I am jealous. We can't even expand LaGuardia airport! wait until the Silk Road projects develop, it is going to be incredible.

These are the kinds of infrastructure projects that could be built at home if all the budget was not going into military infrastructure and global police BS, Wall Street, Banksters and to pay % to the globalist elites.

This is one reason why someday everyone will invest in Bitcoin rather than Wall Street bankers, makes one wonder where all the money is going.

 

elephant Thu, 02/08/2018 - 03:58 Permalink

The Chinese build.  Americans bomb.  Chinese do business.  Americans install puppet governments.

 

This is why the Chinese will dominate this century.

Normally Aspirated Thu, 02/08/2018 - 04:22 Permalink

Why have the Chinese "Militarised" these Islands?

One reason because they feel threatened by the US and its Allies.

The Chinese are smart and look ahead one hundred years while the yanks just bomb and destroy with an outlook of 4 years at best

WTFUD Normally Aspirated Thu, 02/08/2018 - 06:26 Permalink

I blame Hollywood for the lack of attention span, man! . . . . or maybe it's the Opiates. I mean the average US dupe appears oblivious to the Police State, until some guy selling fags on a street corner gets shot in the face or has a seizure from a S.W.A.T. team Special Op.

To be fair the number of poor sops catching on has increased in correlation with the homeless & jobless (the hard, cold turkey way ).

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