April 20, 2015: A top official with the Armed Forces of the Philippines shows some images of the structures being built by China in the South China Sea. (Reuters)

Reuters: China accelerating land reclamation in disputed Spratlys: Pentagon

China embarked upon extensive land reclamation efforts at five outposts in the disputed Spratly Islands last year, adding 500 acres of territory as of December, the Pentagon said in a report on Friday.

A senior defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Chinese land reclamation efforts have continued to accelerate since then, adding another 1,500 acres to the outposts in the South China Sea. The island chain is claimed by at least three other countries, including the Philippines, Taiwan and Malaysia.

Details on the land reclamation drive were included in the department's annual report to Congress on military and security issues related to China.

More News On China Accelerating Its Land Reclamation Projects In The South China Sea

China pursuing huge South China Sea land reclamation: US -- AFP
China Accelerating Land Reclamation Projects In The South China Sea -- FOX News
China's land reclamation in disputed waters stokes fears of military ambitions -- The Guardian

Update: It appears that Vietnam is starting its own reclamation projects in the South China Sea .... Images show Vietnam's South China Sea land reclamation (Al Jazeera).

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