May 17, 2016
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
Southwest Cay: 2005 – 2016
Sin Cowe Island: 2006 – 2016
West Reef: 2013 – 2016
Sand Cay: 2011 – 2016
Pearson Reef: 2014 – 2016
Central Reef: 2009 – 2016
Grierson Reef: 2012 – 2016
Cornwallis South Reef (Southeast): 2014 – 2016
Cornwallis South Reef (Southwest): 2014 – 2016
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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