China unveils massive island-building vessel

November 4, 2017
The ship is a larger version of the one China used to dredge sand, mud and coral for transforming reefs and islets in the South
The ship is a larger version of the one China used to dredge sand, mud and coral for transforming reefs and islets in the South China Sea into artificial islands capable of hosting military installations

China has unveiled a massive ship described as a "magic island maker" that is Asia's largest dredging vessel, state media reported Saturday.

The ship, capable of building artificial of the sort the country has constructed in the contested South China Sea, was launched Friday at a port in eastern Jiangsu province, according to the state-owned China Daily.

The boat named Tian Kun Hao is capable of digging 6,000 cubic meters an hour, the equivalent of three standard swimming pools, the newspaper said.

It is a larger version of the one China used to dredge sand, mud and coral for transforming reefs and islets in the South China Sea into capable of hosting military installations.

When testing of the ship is completed next June, it will be the most powerful such vessel in Asia, the paper noted, nicknaming it the "magic island maker".

Beijing's aggressive campaign of archipelago building in the South China Sea has been a point of contention with neighbouring countries that lay claim to parts of its waters.

China claims nearly all of the sea, through which $5 trillion in annual shipping trade passes and which is believed to sit atop vast oil and gas deposits.

Its sweeping claims overlap with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei, as well as Taiwan.

China has previously said that it had completed its reclamation projects in an area of the sea known as the Spratlys.

But a US think tank, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, said in August that Beijing has continued the work in a northern part of the waters around the Paracel islands.

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orti
1 / 5 (2) Nov 04, 2017
Imagine what the cowardly environmentalists and media (i.e. the leftists) would be doing if the environmental destruction being perpetuated by the Chinese Communist regime were somehow attributable to the US. (Yes, I know they will find a way to attribute it to the US.)
johnhew
1 / 5 (2) Nov 04, 2017
The Chinese have become gods of nature, they are actually creating new habitat from space dust. The environmentalists'worst fearsmade true, they are now obsolete historical curiousities.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (1) Nov 04, 2017
Let them build their island bases. Static targets are easier to attack.
koitsu
not rated yet Nov 04, 2017
Wow, the bots were quick to comment on this one.
(Not you, Otto.)

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