Peace and Freedom

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Peace and Freedom Editor’s note: When China decided to “own” Tibet, it built a high speed train to get Chinese people into Tibet. Now it seems China is reproducing that effort in the South China Sea

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China’s plans for islands it is creating in the South China Sea show for the first time the scale of civilian architecture it will extend across the disputed waterway, entrenching its reach in the maritime heart of Southeast Asia, experts say.

China’s Foreign Ministry gave rare detail on Thursday, saying reclamation and building work in the Spratly archipelago would allow for scientific research, meteorological observation, environmental protection and fisheries services.

Navigational aids, shelters and search and rescue facilities were also being built, it said.

While the ministry did not specify who would protect the facilities, experts said the job would routinely fall to the coastguard, which is already leading efforts to enforce…

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