UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – About 400 buildings on a Chinese island in the South China Sea were found on satellite images. This suggests that Beijing may eventually deploy marines on the island.
Images of buildings on the reef of Subi, which is closer to Vietnam and the Philippines than to mainland China, were analyzed by Earthrise Media using data from the DigitalGlobe satellites. Since the photos were first received in 2014, the team found a large number of buildings, sites, radar equipment and even basketball courts.
In total, about 400 detached buildings were discovered, said Earthrise founder Dan Hammer. Subi conducted more construction work than on any other island of the South China Sea.
Subi is the largest artificial island in China in the Spratly Archipelago. According to Reuters, there seem to be twice as many buildings as on the two largest islands of China in the region.
The latest increase in the number of buildings indicates that a large number of marines may be stationed on the Subi one day.
Last week, China published a photo of the H-6K nuclear-armed bombers that landed on another island in the South China Sea. The runways and hangars built on the Subi could also accommodate a certain number of similar bombers.
On Wednesday, the US canceled the invitation for China to participate in the two-year military exercises because of “the continued militarization of China in the disputed areas of the South China Sea.”
“In short, now China is able to control the South China Sea in a scenario that is not connected with the war with the United States,” Davidson said last month.
The South China Sea is a highly controversial area with a high content of natural resources, and it is also one of the world’s main shipping corridors. China, Brunei, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines are claiming various regions of the sea and its islands.
According to Reuters, China has more facilities in the South China Sea (1,652) than all other contenders.
Last month, during the hearings, Fleet Commander Philip Davidson said to members of the Senate that the growing presence of China in the South China Sea was an “essential” challenge to regional military operations in the United States.
He also noted that the Chinese military “implement well-thought-out initiatives for the deployment of forces.”
“China claims that these facilities will not be used for military purposes, but its words do not correspond to their actions.” Occupying the territories, China will be able to expand its influence thousands of miles to the south and increase the project’s power far in Oceania. to challenge the US presence in the region, any forces deployed on the island would easily destroy the armed forces of any other contenders in the South China Sea.In short, China is now able to control the South China Sea in all scenarios, ie the war with the United States, “- said Davidson.