In photos: China’s construction of military bases in Spratlys


MANILA, Philippines – Recently published satellite images of China’s land reclamation in the Spratly Islands show that they are constructing large, multi-story buildings as well as a possible airstrip and harbor that can accommodate military planes and ships.

The satellite image analysis published on by Victor Robert Lee March 16 show the ongoing construction on reclaimed reefs in the Spratly Islands.

On the same day as the publication of the report, the Philippines filed a 3,000-page supplemental submission to the United Nations (UN) Arbitral Tribunal presenting additional arguments and information.

“The Philippines has submitted detailed responses and extensive additional information. The submission consists of 12 volumes totaling over 3,000 pages. Volume I consists of 200 pages of written argument. Volume II consists of a 200-page Atlas containing detailed information about 49 islands, reefs and other features in the South China Sea,” The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement Tuesday.