China is building third airstrip at Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands

This would be China's third airstrip in the making in the Spratly Islands including the ones at the Fiery Cross Reef and Subi Reef.

    2015/09/16

NSFW    MISCHIEF REEF, SOUTH CHINA SEA — China may be building a third airstrip in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, according to a Washington-based think tank.

Satellite images taken on September 8 show that China had reclaimed a piece of land with a retaining wall about 3,000 meters long on Mischief Reef, which is suspected to be an airstrip under construction, CNN reported. China is already building airstrips on Fiery Cross Reef and Subi Reef.

"If it does turn out to be a runway, China will have three airstrips that can carry any plane the PLA [People's Liberation Army] has to offer," Greg Poling, the director of Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies' Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, told CNN.

The United States says China has reclaimed some 2,000 acres, or the equivalent of around 1,500 football fields, in the Spratly Islands over the past 18 months, according to CNN.
Fiery Cross Reef pictured in January 2006 (left) and after China had almost completed building an airstrip on the reef in September 2015 (right). ASIA MARITIME TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE
Fiery Cross Reef pictured in January 2006 (left) and after China had almost completed building an airstrip on the reef in September 2015 (right). ASIA MARITIME TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE
Subi Reef pictured in August 2008 (left) and September 2015 (right), where China is also constructing an airstrip. ASIA MARITIME TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE
Subi Reef pictured in August 2008 (left) and September 2015 (right), where China is also constructing an airstrip. ASIA MARITIME TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE
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