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

Iron Man

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Wouldn't the LEDs themselves be able to do that? Why have a light that shines in all directions and use a curtain to block it, when you can simply have a light that can shine in specific directions?
Why do that when you can have all the bulbs shine in all directions for maximum brightness, and just employ a cheap simple technique like a curtain to limit the arc of coverage to where you want?


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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 September, 2016, 3:15pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 September, 2016, 12:09am

Outpost is part of the Spratly Islands and is also claimed by mainland China, the Philippines and Vietnam.


Taiwan is building four concrete structures on the disputed Taiping Island in the South China Sea, in what might be a facility to increase its military alertness.

The structures, about three to four storeys high, were found to have been built on the coastline of the west side of Taiping surrounding a circular structure still under construction on the shore, according to a recent Google Earth map.

Taiping is part of the Spratly Islands and is also claimed by mainland China, the Philippines and Vietnam.

The discovery of the facilities comes at a sensitive time when both Taiwan and the mainland are protesting against a ruling by an international tribunal over the status of the South China Sea archipelagos.

They were not there on the previous map taken by satellite in January last year.

Taiwanese Defence Minister Feng Shih-kuan on Tuesday declined to reveal what exactly the structures were for.

“It is inconvenient for us to reveal any military facilities we are installing on Taiping Island and what their purposes are as they are all considered secrets,” Feng told reporters after a legislative session in Taipei. But he assured the public that “Taiping Island has strong defensive capability.”

According to Kuomintang legislator Johnny Chiang Chi-chen, the structures were there in July when he led a group of lawmakers on a trip to Taiping to assert Taiwan’s ownership claim and protest over the ruling.


The tribunal ruled Taiping was a rock and therefore could not be used to justify claims in the surrounding waters under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Taiwanese media have speculated the structures could house anti-aircraft weapons.

Military experts said they could be used to launch mobile surface-to-air missiles but they were more likely devoted to detection and surveillance.

“It is unlikely a cannon base, given that the salty waters and vapours would rust the cannons,” military expert Chen Kuo-ming said.

“Very possibly they are for a certain kind of military alert system or facility that can be mounted on them,” Chen said.

Arthur Ding, an associate research fellow at Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy, said the construction would have been approved by former president Ma Ying-jeou to increase Taiping’s defences amid the dispute over the South China Sea.

“Sensitive as they may be, I don’t think it would greatly escalate the tension in the region, given that Taiping is controlled by Taiwan, which is considered relatively moderate over the South China Sea dispute,” he said.

Meanwhile, legislators have demanded that the defence ministry and Taiwan’s Coast Guard Administration contact Google and ensure the company obscures details of the structures in their photos to protect Taiwanese military secrets.

Macau-based military expert Antony Wong Dong said the four structures appeared to be large coastal forts to prevent any landing assaults.


“The surrounding area ... is the most suitable landing beach on Taiping. Such kinds of construction were only found in Germany during the second world war and Taiwan,” Wong said.

“The coastal forts can effectively stop vessels from Vietnam or even deter mainland warships from landing on Taiping.”

Wong said the structures might be equipped with heavy machine guns, howitzers or even anti-tank weapons.

Additional reporting by Minnie Chan


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Yes, I agree that the western media is more hostile towards China than China to the west.

There is a daily military program on CCTV 7, every night.
All they do is talk about the USA and post Hollywood film clips and pass them off as current USA technology.
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LEAVE OFF with the flame bait and racism discussion.

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Not some political, or sociology, or race relations forum. Go somewhere else if you want to engage in such discussions...not here.

Those discussions will be deleted. They lead only to arguemns and flames.



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Source: Xinhua 2016-10-02 20:46:42




HAIKOU, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- A 1,000-tonne-a-day desalination plant was put into use on Yongxing Island of China's Sansha City, to meet the fresh water need of people on the island.

The new facility, which was officially commissioned on Saturday, is capable of treating 1,000 tonnes of seawater per day and 700 tonnes of processed water is directly drinkable.

Currently, the desalination equipment on Yongxing Island can process 1,800 tonnes of seawater per day.

Sansha City was officially established in 2012 to administer the Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha island groups and their surrounding waters in the South China Sea. The city government is located on Yongxing Island.

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From Henri K new desalination plant at Woody operational . There is now plan for even bigger plant
Sorry I didn't know Ahojunk already posted the news

After 6 months of testing and calibration, the new desalination plant on Woody Island is inaugurated in October 1st, the day of the national holiday in China.

The factory now has three reverse osmosis desalination systems with a capacity of 1 800 t in total. It produces about 1 000t of fresh water per day which directly drinking 700t.

desalination plant of Woody Island

Located in the South China Sea, Woody Island is the largest island in the Paracels with an area of 2,6km², but she has no exploitable source of fresh water. Until 2014, freshwater came mainly from the recovery of rain water and transport from the mainland. this same situation can be found on the large "islands" artificially created by infilling in the Spratlys.

A first 400t desalination machine was installed on Woody Island in 2014 but failed to address the daily needs of the inhabitants of fresh water, which are also obliged to pump salt water from the coral reef under their feet for some medical uses.

Woody Island now has about 1,000 permanent residents, including military. If it is estimated that one in the island needs 150 liters of fresh water per day (extrapolated from 2014 data in France), then in principle 150t of water per day would have been sufficient. But the expansion and fortification of the island that still constantly are very hungry this 'rare' resource.

The Academy of the Chinese navy is looking for several years on the question of using seawater directly into the building, but no news yet on its concrete application currently.

We also learn in television reports that a plan to increase desalination capacity to 2 800t per day is underway. The capital of Sansha prefecture plans to complete the work of desalination plant expansion by early 2017, and soon stop all pumping groundwater coral reef to preserve the ecology of the island.

Apart from Woody Island, all small islands in the Paracels are equipped desalination modules. For example, on Yagong island measuring just 0,01km², a desalination plant with a daily capacity of 15t with a 5t tank works since 2014 -

This capacity increase in production of fresh water would probably be the sign of a strengthening economic development and military presence in the area, where the Chinese already have a dominant position.

Although this is less sexy and less publicized than the deployment of long-range weapons on the island, but we can see that the Chinese redouble efforts for the past five years to improve their logistical capabilities on all islands under their control.

There is not only the story to produce more fresh water, but also for energy, ie electricity, and communication. These topics have already been discussed here in the previous two records "China assembles its first floating nuclear power plant" and "China's 4G network covers the Spratlys islands".

Water, electricity and communication, it is ultimately these three indicators to assess the ambition of China in the region, it is more significant that the presence of one or two weapon systems ...
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