Is it “imperialism”?
Analysis of imagery obtained in March by the Center for Strategic and International Studies shows that construction on Fiery Cross Reef is nearly complete. The island now features a radar/sensor array; enough hangar space to accommodate 24 combat aircraft and four larger planes, and mobile missile shelters. The 3,000-meter (10,000-feet) runway is operational.
The aircraft accommodations indicate this is the key Chinese air facility in the Spratlys.
Moving on to Thailand…
The construction of the Thailand-China railway project from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima will begin in 2017, according to the Thai Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport. The line also is to be extended to the Thai-Lao border in the future.
The project is the Thai part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s One Belt, One Road project. Construction was to have begun in 2015, but contract negotiations caused the delay.
According to the Malaysian news service, China and Thailand still need to agree on materials for the construction, consulting fees and whether it is necessary for Chinese engineers to get Thai engineering certifications before they come to work in the Kingdom.
China has a 50 year plan and a 100 year plan. Their long term ambitions may not come to fruition. Stephen Hawking — who survives with the aid of machines — has predicted that we has a species have 100 years to live before evolved machines take human imperfection as justification for wiping us all out.