A US Navy crewman (above) aboard a P-8A Poseidon spy plane views a computer screen showing Chinese construction on the reclaimed land of Yongshu, or Fiery Cross Reef, in the disputed Spratly Islands. Photo: Reuters A US Navy crewman (above) aboard a P-8A Poseidon spy plane views a computer screen showing Chinese construction on the reclaimed land of Yongshu, or Fiery Cross Reef, in the disputed Spratly Islands. Photo: Reuters
A US Navy crewman (above) aboard a P-8A Poseidon spy plane views a computer screen showing Chinese construction on the reclaimed land of Yongshu, or Fiery Cross Reef, in the disputed Spratly Islands. Photo: Reuters

China's foothold in South China Sea: analysts reveal endgame to Beijing's reclamation efforts

Beijing aims to use reclamation in the South China Sea as a base before extending its naval reach to the world, analysts say

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A US Navy crewman (above) aboard a P-8A Poseidon spy plane views a computer screen showing Chinese construction on the reclaimed land of Yongshu, or Fiery Cross Reef, in the disputed Spratly Islands. Photo: Reuters A US Navy crewman (above) aboard a P-8A Poseidon spy plane views a computer screen showing Chinese construction on the reclaimed land of Yongshu, or Fiery Cross Reef, in the disputed Spratly Islands. Photo: Reuters
A US Navy crewman (above) aboard a P-8A Poseidon spy plane views a computer screen showing Chinese construction on the reclaimed land of Yongshu, or Fiery Cross Reef, in the disputed Spratly Islands. Photo: Reuters
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