PLAN SCS Bases/Islands/Vessels (Not a Strategy Page)

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  1. delft
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    Very much OT:
    About half a century ago, in Delft, a student from Curacao, then part of the Dutch Antilles, told me that the question most often asked of him was about the bridge between his island and Surinam, then also a Dutch colony, a distance of about 1800 km. :D
     
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    Here is another one less island. The one on the left is Palm Island and the one on the right is Duncan Island. Now they are one, with a nice harbor in between.

    Chenhang.琛航岛.Duncan.2016-01-17d_helipad-satview.jpg
    The circle shows the reclamation.


    Chenhang.琛航岛.Duncan.2016-01-17c_VRLee-satview.jpg
    Potential positions for helipads on the island.


    ~Xisha.西沙岛.Paracels.Map.2016-02-18.jpg
    The top circle is Yongxing (Woody) Island. The bottom circle is the location of Duncan Island.
     
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    thanks for the never ending stream of photographs ahojunk. some of those photos are just amazing and you saved us alot of time because we don't need to find SCS pictures elsewhere cause we know you will post them here in this thread! the Chinese are really getting good at this island reclaimation thing. They are turning it into an art. The joke on some Chinese boards is Xi jinping should build a SCS island for Taiwan and name it ''little eagle island'' as a gift free of charge with only one little condition. Which is that Taiwan must station real military personal, marines there and not some Coast Guard unit.
     
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    How deep is the water separating Woody from the islands to the north? If relatively shallow, it's possible to build such a lengthy bridge.
     
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    I myself have no information about it, but I think Woody, Tree and the seven islands belong to the same reef/bank so maybe not so deep.
     
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    Looking at maps, the seven islands are on a reef completely separate from Woody so I don't think any bridge is feasible as it will traverse deep water.
     
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    No reason to build that bridge, but connecting the northern chain of islands is doable and makes sense.
     
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    At the moment, I don't think it is economically viable to build this 12 km bridge. There are at the most a couple of thousand residents on these islands.

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    A couple of pictures of Meiji Island airstrip. I think these were taken in Dec 2015. So, the airstrip could be more developed now.

    Meiji.美济礁.Mischief.2015-12-15a_view-airstrip.jpg

    Meiji.美济礁.Mischief.2015-12-15b_view-airstrip.jpg


    For nostalgia, this is a picture of Meiji Island dated 1933. China was already thinking of developing the island a long time ago!
    Meiji.美济礁.Mischief.1933-plan.jpg
     
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    I'm not so sure, those graphics overlaid on the 1933 sketch don't look circa 1933. The Chinese captions are Simplified Chinese which wouldn't have existed for at least another 20 years.
     
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    I think you are right. On the top right corner is 1985, maybe the year of this drawing
     
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