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Background on the conflict at Fiery Cross Reef, which actually dates back to 1988


Excerpts from the book The South China Sea Disputes: Past, Present, and Future by Nalanda Roy

Fiery Cross Incident


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What this installation looked like in 2006


What this installation looked like in 2011


May 2014

November 2014: When reclamation began



China building Fiery Cross Reef into naval, air force base
2016/10/18 21:48:17

Fiery Cross Reef, or Yongshu Reef
Hong Kong, Oct. 18 (CNA) China is building Fiery Cross Reef, or Yongshu Reef in the Spratly Islands, into its largest joint military base for its navy and air force in the South China Sea, according to the latest issue of Kanwa Defense Review.

The monthly magazine reported that satellite images of the military facilities on the islet show a 3,000-meter runway and four large hangars measuring 34 meters by 25 meters -- the same size as the ones on Yongxing Island, also known as Woody Island, the largest island in the Paracel group.

Kanwa said these hangars will have been built to house China's high-tech anti-submarine and early warning aircraft.

Two ramps -- measuring 535 meters and 626 meters, respectively -- are very likely designed to accommodate fighter planes, according to the magazine, which noted that up to 24 fighters can stay on the ramps and that hangars will likely be constructed nearby.

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