China Daily Mail

A local maritime expert said that China's most recent activity in the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands is Beijing's response to the arbitration case filed by the Philippines. A local maritime expert said that China’s most recent activity in the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands is Beijing’s response to the arbitration case filed by the Philippines.

The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media:

The “On Military and War” column of news.ifeng.com published an article titled “Turning Mischief Reef into the Pearl Harbor of the South China Sea is of vital importance” on the advantages of the artificial island reclaimed there in serving as China’s forefront outpost in the South China Sea with an integrated air, sea and land garrison.

The article says that though the land reclamation at Fiery Cross Reef was completed on June 15, that at Mischief Reef has not.

So far only 5.6 of the planned 8 square km of land have been reclaimed as the reclamation began late in January this year.

The report says…

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