More runways on reefs CHINA RAPIDLY BUILDING FACILITIES ON PH SIDE OF SPRATLY ARCHIPELAGO

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China has nearly completed construction of a runway and other facilities on Panganiban Reef, on the Philippine side of the Spratly archipelago in the heavily disputed South China Sea, a US-based think tank reported on Saturday.

Also known as Mischief Reef, Panganiban Reef is 216 kilometers west of Palawan, well within the Philippines’ 370-km exclusive economic zone recognized under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

China is also rapidly completing construction of a runway and other facilities on Zamora Reef (Subi Reef), also part of Philippine territory in the Spratlys.
Zamora Reef is 23.4 km away from Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island), a small municipality in Palawan province that is home to a small civilian population.

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (Amti) released its latest report on the developments in the Spratlys on Friday, complete with satellite images that show in detail China’s swift construction undertaken in less than six months.

“Mischief Reef sits just [37.8 km] from the BRP Sierra Madre, which was deliberately grounded by the Philippines at Second Thomas Shoal (Ayungin Shoal) in 1999 and is home to a contingent of Philippine Marines,” the Amti report said.

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