Why China is building islands in the South China Sea

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  • Published on:  Friday, February 17, 2017
  • China claims they aren't military bases, but their actions say otherwise. Help us make more ambitious videos by joining the Vox Video Lab. It gets you exclusive perks, like livestream Q&As with all the Vox creators, a badge that levels up over time, and video extras bringing you closer to our work! Learn more at http://bit.ly/video-labChina is building islands in the South China sea and its causing disputes among the other nations in the region; Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, and Indonesia. The US has many allies in the region and uses its massive Navy to patrol international waters, keeping shipping lanes open for tradeTo truly understand the international conflicts and trends shaping our world you need a big-picture view. Video journalist Sam Ellis uses maps to tell these stories and chart their effects on foreign policy.Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5HOr on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
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  • Julia Elliot

     1 years ago

    Are we going to ignore the fact they are building on reefs?

  • Emperor Yongle

     3 days ago

    @Ryan Privee They pollute so we don't have to... Unless you grow your vegetables and don't use made in China, you are part of the problem. Don't judge while taking the benefit.

  • C Martinez

     2 months ago

    Construction to fix the local freeways takes decades, but china can build an island in two years, lol

  • Lord of king

     5 days ago

    @Just Passing Through keep on dreaming man

  • infinity

     1 months ago

    2014 : *China claims cluster of islands2050 : *China claims the SUN

  • Kewei Zhang

     14 hours ago

    Japanese don't hate Chinese, it's only you hate Chinese فردوس سليمان يوسف

  • Siyang Ling

     15 hours ago

    *builds a Dyson sphere

  • Hairy Pooter

     2 months ago

    America intervenes = bad America doesn’t intervene = bad???

  • tian le Zheng

     20 hours ago

    @Jason Roy What does American do in Hawaii ? American invade Hawaii and build a military base on Pearl Harbor. These island is a china territory. China keep peace of south China sea,and make their developing .

  • A-Man

     1 months ago

    China: *builds artificial islands*Mother nature: Am i a joke to you?

  • tian le Zheng

     20 hours ago

    what does American do in Hawaii ? American invade Hawaii and build a military base on Pearl Harbor. this island is a china territory. China keep peace of south China sea,and make their developing .

  • Sunny Wu

     11 months ago

    They're made in China, those islands won't last long.Edit: It's a joke. I've had good and bad Made in China or Made in the US. Seriously, I'm Chinese. Some people really have no sense of humor. XD

  • Catch me if you can

     2 days ago

    I don't care

  • pulsar's beam

     1 months ago

    Man made tsunami would fix those, or natural lol

  • Zkml Gladio

     3 days ago

    Thats what I'm praying for to the demonlord everyday....

  • Joy Olaysa

     14 days ago

    One day it will suddenly collapsed without knowing. Nature will take the revenge. Let's just wait.

  • Rimmi Peepsicles

     1 months ago

    And a few days earlier, a Philippine fishing vessel was rammed by a Chinese ship. The Filipino boat sank, and it's crew rescued by the Vietnamese. It is the latest in a series of incidents involving ship rammings. I have no idea about anyone's opinions on these types of incidents but I think China is trying to act like the Soviets again.

  • ABSOLUTE FLAME

     18 days ago

    Vox: There is Oil on the South China Sea.America: Who needs Protection???

  • tian le Zheng

     20 hours ago

    what does American do in Hawaii ? American invade Hawaii and build a military base on Pearl Harbor. these island is a china territory. China keep peace of south China sea,and make their developing .

  • ChriSims

     2 months ago

    Malaysia flight 370 went missing over the South China Sea ....

  • Nick Chang

     5 hours ago

    China does not cliam the whole south china sea. MH370 turned back to Malaysia before it entering into the China-claimed area, and it was disappeared in Indian Ocean.

  • RED BEAT

     4 days ago

    One time a chinese navy hit a philippine fisher boat that was sinking due to the acident last 2 weeks and they didint help they left the philippine fisher man stranded for 6hrs until a vietnamese fisher boat help em and pull the destroyed boat to the nearest shores after two days the high court of the philippines wants to have a war against china and the high court of china tell them why they leave them stranded cause they were scared they told the high court of the philippines and its far from truth