The US has accused Beijing of “unprecedented land reclamation,” claiming China is “creating a great wall of sand” over four square kilometers, in the disputed area in the South China Sea. The move has caused concerns over China’s territorial intentions.
Speaking at a naval conference in Australia, US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Harry Harris Jr. said China has been “pumping sand on to live coral reefs — some of them submerged — and paving over them with concrete. China has now created over 4 square kilometers (1.5 square miles) of artificial landmass.”
“But what’s really drawing a lot of concern in the here and now is the unprecedented land reclamation currently being conducted by China,” Harris said.
Harris reminded that the region is known for its beautiful natural islands, but “in sharp contrast, China is creating a great wall of sand with dredges and bulldozers over the course of months.”
Submerged reefs in the Spratlys archipelago have been turned into artificial islands with buildings, wharves and runways.
While China claims a vast majority of the sea, it still has territorial disputes with the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei, and Malaysia. Earlier this month Vietnam and the Philippines filed a diplomatic protest with Beijing.
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