Is China Reclaiming the Law of the Sea?

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The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative has released a special issue on land reclamation and development activities in the South China Sea. As part of its ongoing effort to promote transparency in maritime Asia, AMTI obtained exclusive, never-before-published, imagery of China’s recent building efforts in the Spratly Islands. The collection of exclusive photographs includes coverage of developments on Mischief Reef, Fiery Cross Reef, Johnson South Reef, Cuarteron Reef, Hughes Reef, and Gaven Reef, all located in the Spratlys. These high resolution photos capture the scale of Beijing’s building activities, much of which have taken place in only the last year. The images also demonstrate that many of the structures that China is building on its new artificial islands appear to be similar, as though it is rolling out a systematic plan across these six land features. In addition to viewing these photos on an interactive map, you can also watch some of these Spratly features transform before your eyes through a “before-and-after” interactive.

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