China asserts right to build runway in Nansha Islands

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China is rapidly building up the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea. New pictures show a new runway which China said is on its territory, but some of China’s neighbors disagree. CCTV America’s Roee Ruttenberg filed this report from Washington.

China asserts right to build runway in Nansha Islands

China asserts right to build runway in Nansha Islands

China is rapidly building up the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea. New pictures show a new runway which China said is on its territory, but some of China's neighbors disagree.CCTV America's Roee Ruttenberg filed this report from Washington.

Highlights:

  • Recently released satellite images show China is rapidly building an airstrip potentially for military use on the Nansha Islands, also known as the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea.
  • The Chinese may be planning another airstrip. Diplomats from the U.S., Japan and South Korea are meeting in Washington amid growing regional tension regarding the runway work.
  • Beijing said the islands fall under its sovereignty, but regional players disagree. Some countries and territories fear recent moves are a precursor to a bigger Chinese military presence, one that may try to block trade in China’s favor.
  • In Manila, protesters gathered outside of the Chinese Embassy. The Philippines, and other nearby countries, are urging China to settle the dispute through a tribunal. Beijing so far has said no.