China isn’t the only one building islands in the South China Sea

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Jeremy Bender

May 17, 2016

Southwest Cay Vietnam

China is not the only nation building islands in the South China Sea — although the scope of its construction is unparalleled.

Along with Beijing, Vietnam has also started projects mostly within the past two years of constructing islands. Altogether, the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative have documented 10 sites of Vietnamese construction throughout the region. Taken together, Vietnam has constructed slightly over 120 acres of land in the area.

By comparison, China has created over 3,000 acres of land in the Spratly Islands, far overshadowing Vietnam’s efforts. However, Vietnam’s construction gives China cover for its activities as the US has called on all sides to cease construction in the region.

Below are before and after photos showcasing Vietnam’s island building efforts.

Spratly Islands: 2014 – 2016

Spratly Islands: 2014 - 2016

Southwest Cay: 2005 – 2016

Southwest Cay: 2005 - 2016

Sin Cowe Island: 2006 – 2016

Sin Cowe Island: 2006 - 2016

West Reef: 2013 – 2016

West Reef: 2013 - 2016

Sand Cay: 2011 – 2016

Sand Cay: 2011 - 2016

Pearson Reef: 2014 – 2016

Pearson Reef: 2014 - 2016

Central Reef: 2009 – 2016

Central Reef: 2009 - 2016

Grierson Reef: 2012 – 2016

Grierson Reef: 2012 - 2016

Cornwallis South Reef (Southeast): 2014 – 2016

Cornwallis South Reef (Southeast): 2014 - 2016

Cornwallis South Reef (Southwest): 2014 – 2016

Cornwallis South Reef (Southwest): 2014 - 2016

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I have said many times before the China issue Vietnam was the issue but it seems since China news kept appearing on the front pages due to US policy of containing China Vietnam was happily building up there islands 

Check out the timeline below

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2 thoughts on “China isn’t the only one building islands in the South China Sea

  1. JL

    Vietnam legally reclaimed 120 acres on undisputed sovereignty, China illegally reclaimed 3200 acres on disputable territories from its neighbors and violated International laws included UNCLOS.

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    1. nonothai Post author

      Thanks but tell you frankly I don’t know the reclaimed land is undisputed or not as per timeline the Vietnamese were the ones reclaiming lots of the disputed areas. I need to check on it but the article was to present that it is not only China that is building in the disputed areas.

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