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China has island-building down to a science

Study finds South China Sea projects have become more efficient

BEN HEUBL, Data Journalist | China

LONDON -- After trial and error, China has figured out how to build artificial islands more efficiently, a study of satellite data has revealed.   

As the U.S. calls for Beijing to be held to account for its militarization of the South China Sea, satellite imaging company Spaceknow and the Nikkei Asian Review examined data on the extent of those activities. The results showed that, although landmass expansion has slowed, China now has the process down pat. 

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